Kleiman murder remains open case


TOWN OF ULSTER – July 25 marks the 11th anniversary of the murder of Michael Kleiman, 59, who was found dead in the burned out cab of his pickup truck in a wooded area just off Route 32 in East Kingston.

The vehicle and his remains were located on property at the former Hudson Cement Plant in the Town of Ulster.

Kleiman’s pickup

Kleiman, who was six feet, two inches tall and weighed 230 pounds, lived alone and led a quiet life.

He worked as a nurse’s aide at a children’s hospital in Westchester County. His interests included attending antique auctions and antique stores in Ulster, Orange and Sullivan counties and frequented area swimming holes in Ulster County.

The Ulster Police Department is interested in information from anyone who may have made observations of someone displaying any behaviors immediately after July 25, 2008, including unscheduled absence from work; missing scheduled appointments; abrupt departure from the area, either temporarily or permanently; increased use of drugs or alcohol; or abnormal interest in media coverage of the murder and the investigation.

Police would like to talk to anyone who may have unknowingly provided the offenders with transportation away from the East Kingston area or from the town’s business district on July 25, 2008 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the detective division of Ulster Police at 845-382-1111 or the tipline at 845-336-3784. Information may also be sent to Det. Sgt. Robert Sykes at rjsykes@ulsterpolice.com or by conventional mail at Ulster Police Department, 1 Town Hall Drive, Lake Katrine, New York 12449.

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