Potsdam police still investigating murder of 12-year-old, report no new information
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 2:17 pm

POTSDAM -- Village police said Monday say they have nothing new to report about their investigation into the Oct. 24 murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips in the Market Street apartment where he and his mother lived.

The police investigation has so far apparently turned up insufficient evidence to charge anyone in the case. At last report, police were waiting for results back from the forensics lab in Albany to see if any solid leads were to come from that.

Police officially declared the death a murder after receiving initial autopsy results more than a week ago.

Garrett had reportedly gone home to the apartment after school on Monday, Oct. 24, to change clothes. At 5:10 p.m., a neighbor called Potsdam police, saying a loud noise had been heard coming from the apartment, followed by moaning.

Police found Garret alone and unconscious. Efforts to revive him at Canon-Potsdam Hospital did not succeed.

Police say they are following up on whatever leads have been developed, and are interviewing several people in the case. They also have asked for the public's help, hoping to hear from anyone who might have information useful to the investigation. One evening, they set up a stop on Market Street near the apartment building and passed out flyers asking for information.

The day after the murder, 200 classmates, teachers and others held a candlelight vigil at Kingston Middle School, where Garret was a student reportedly well-liked by everyone.