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Penn Yan, New York 14527-1720
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Item#1:  Homicide:  4498 Lakemont-Himrod, Road, Town of Starkey

David Fennell, Victim

On Sunday, September 17, 2000, at approximately 9:40am, when Edna Kent left for church, her house mate and friend, David Fennell was sitting on the couch reading the Sunday paper. When Edna returned home at approx 12:50pm she discovered Fennell on the couch, deceased from numerous stab wounds. David Fennell, age 79 was a retired salesman who was divorced from his first wife. Edna Kent was widowed in 1972 and the two of them started dating in 1978 with David moving in with Edna in 1979. David’s only son, Shane lived in Massachusetts and Edna’s only son, Ken Jr. was killed in service to his country in Vietnam. 

After hundreds of leads being followed up on and extensive interviews of friends, associates and family members of both David and Edna this investigation remains open.  Robbery does not appear to have been a motive.

****Anyone with information is asked to call the Yates County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Division at (315)536-5176 or the Crime Tip Hotline at (315)536-5558.  All calls will be kept confidential.****