Investigation continues into 12-year-old Ulster murder

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Michael Kleiman

TOWN OF ULSTER – Police continue to investigate the July 25, 2008 murder of Michael Kleiman, who was found in his burned-out pickup truck in a wooded area just off Route 32 in East Kingston.

The property where the vehicle and his remains were discovered was the former Hudson Cement Plant.

Kleiman, who was 59 years old at the time of his death, was six feet, two inches tall and weighed 230 pounds. He lived a quiet lifestyle.

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.

He also frequented area swimming holes in Ulster County.

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

Ulster Police in conjunction with State Police the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office believe during the past 11 years the offender has spoken to someone about this crime and they are requesting the public’s help with any information they might have.

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

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