Kingston cops focus on 2006 slaying

Rhonda Holliday, 31, is shown in this family Rhonda Holliday, 31, is shown in this family photo. Her body was discovered in a wooded area in Kingston in 2006. Her killer was never brought to justice. (2004) Photo Credit: Courtesy of Christopher Vaughn

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Kingston police are asking the public's help in cracking a cold case that's more than 6 years old.

The body of Saugerties resident Rhonda Holliday, 31, was discovered in late August 2006 in a wooded area along Colonel Chandler Drive. Holliday was never reported missing, and authorities believe her body had been there for at least two weeks. The body was so badly decomposed that a cause of death was never determined.

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Kingston police Lt. Thierry Croizer said the case is among several he has been trying to solve since taking over the department's detective division earlier in January.

"Her and her family deserve closure on this," he said of Holliday.

An avid hiker and nature lover, Holliday moved to Saugerties in the mid-1980s with her family, said her sister, Karla Vaughn. When her parents moved back to their native Georgia in 1994, Holliday stayed in New York, where she had a series of jobs, including a stint with physically disabled patients at a nursing home.

Holliday is survived by an 18-year-old son.

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Croizer said police will reinterview witnesses. Anyone with information is urged to call authorities at 845-331-1671.

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