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Thursday, May 31

The Alex Grant case remains open

Received sort of a random statement today from District Attorney James A. Murphy III's office reaffirming his office's offer of immunity for anyone who comes forward with information about Alexander Grant's death.

He says in the release that: "This case remains open, and we and Alexander Grant’s family continue to seek and ask for information."

The family has not said much about the case. Recently, Grant's father Kenneth Grant spoke to another reporter about a lawsuit filed against the students who were allegedly drinking with Grant.

“The complaint is essentially my statement at this time," he said. "We are continuing our efforts to find out what happened to Alex and hope that those with information will come forward to offer explanations.”

Today, Kenneth Grant, talked to The Journal News and and thanked the authorities for their efforts on his family’s behalf.

“We want to express our thanks to District Attorney (Jim) Murphy and to the entire law enforcement community up there for their continued support of our efforts to find out what happened to our son. We are still looking for answers and believe there are unanswered questions. We hope people will step forward,” he said.

I spoke with the private investigator this year, too, who is still actively investigating the incident and he said the young man's parents are just looking for information as to how their son died.

Perhaps they requested the DA re-issue the offer of immunity.

*Update is in the newspaper right here*

Until then, here is the release:

Statement from the Saratoga Springs Police Department and the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office regarding the ongoing, pending investigation into the death of Alexander Grant

May 31, 2012

We have recently passed the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of Alexander Grant, who visited Skidmore College and the Saratoga Springs community from Boston College the weekend of March 5, 2011. As we review the events of this unfortunate loss, we are issuing a plea to the entire Saratoga Springs community for anyone who has information related to his visit and the events surrounding his loss to please come forward. This case remains open, and we and Alexander Grant’s family continue to seek and ask for information.

We have also spoken to officials at Skidmore College who have expressed deep regret over the loss of Alexander Grant and sadness that more information concerning the details of the events surrounding his death has not been forthcoming. The College understands how frustrating it has been for the Grant family not to have sufficient information to fully grasp the circumstances surrounding the death of their beloved son. It is the College’s wish that through the continued collective actions of the Police, the District Attorney’s Office, the College and the community, more information will be forthcoming.

The Grant family joins with us in encouraging anyone with any information to come forward as they cope with the loss of Alexander.

Anyone with information should contact the Saratoga Springs Police Department (Investigations Unit) at (518)-584-1800. Anonymous information may also be given anonymously by using the (518) 584-TIPS line or the police department's website at

The District Attorney’s Office has previously promised and reissues contemporaneous with this statement a promise of immunity to anyone who comes forward and provides information regarding Alexander Grant’s activities the night in question.

All contact will remain confidential if requested.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to know what went on in that house on Church Street where all those kids were partying it up. Maybe they'll think about what they know now that they're head is no longer on the chopping block and give this family some peace.

May 31, 2012 at 5:49 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we all would love to have the family get some answers. It's kind of odd to me though that this is in the paper after students have left for the summer..... I'd have thought that the students are the ones who have the answers, not the general public.

Very peculiar my humble opinion.

May 31, 2012 at 6:08 PM 

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