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Schenectady police ask for help in solving 2007 slaying

City police are making a renewed call for help in solving the 2007 killing of Schenectady resident D
Schenectady police ask for help in solving 2007 slaying
Denise Hart
AREA WHERE BODY WAS FOUND

City police are making a renewed call for help in solving the 2007 killing of Schenectady resident Denise Hart, citing new leads in the case.

Hart, 43, was last seen on Nov. 11, 2007, leaving work in Schenectady. Her remains were found nearly five months later in Menands, about 15 miles away.

Police have continued to investigate, but no arrests have been made.

Schenectady Police Lt. Eric Clifford today urged anyone with information about Hart’s whereabouts around the time she went missing — or any problems she might have been having — to contact police.

“We have physical evidence that’s come back, some DNA evidence that’s become of interest to us, and that’s leading us to start interviewing more people,” Clifford said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (518) 788-6566.

Hart, of Wade Lupe Apt. 86 in Schenectady, worked nights at a group home on Keyes Avenue in the city, state officials said. Relatives reported her missing the last week of November 2007.

Authorities had said they believe she was killed in Schenectady County, though they have declined to say whether they think the slaying happened inside her downtown Schenectady apartment. Sources have said Hart’s mattress and bedding were missing when police arrived in late November 2007.

Residents near a Menands apartment building at 52 Clifford Road discovered her dismembered body in a wooded area behind the building on April 1, 2008. Her body did not have her head, hands and feet, forcing authorities to identify her by DNA.

Hart had two children — a son and daughter. Her son was grown at the time of her disappearance, and her daughter was 11.

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