More than 30 years ago, a 26-year-old American Red Cross shelter worker was found dead. Today, the case remains open and is one of Ithaca’s few unsolved murders. Police continue to investigate leads and interview witnesses, and test evidence in ways they could not in 1987.
The case involves Ithaca resident David Malcom, who was found stabbed to death Feb. 12, 1987, in the former American Red Cross shelter office at 717 W. Court St. in Ithaca. Police believe he was murdered the previous afternoon. At the time, police did not have enough evidence to pin down a suspect or motive and the case went “cold” by the end of 1988.