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Potsdam police chief Ed Tischler speaking to reporters Wednesday night. Photo: John Stanford
Potsdam police chief Ed Tischler speaking to reporters Wednesday night. Photo: John Stanford

Police offer few new answers in boy's death

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At a press conference Wednesday night, Potsdam police chief Ed Tischler said his department is continuing to investigate the death of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, but that no new information had emerged since he spoke to reporters that morning.

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"We are working diligently to interview people, gather evidence, evidence has been submitted to the NYS police crime lab," Tischler said. "It’s down there now and will be analyzed immediately. We continue to work with the leads we do have, we’ve been getting several leads, good leads, we continue to interview people and at this time we do not have any suspects we do not have anybody under arrest.

Police were called to the apartment where Phillips lived with his mother on Monday evening at about 5:00, and found him unconscious. EMTs performed CPR and took Phillips to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead three hours later, at 8:08.

Phillips’ body was autopsied yesterday in Albany—Tischler said the police are still waiting for the results, as well as for the results of forensic evidence from the crime scene:

"We have several pieces of evidence that have been submitted to the lab, and there will be more submitted along with further interviews and further leads we’ve been investigating."

Tischler said police are interviewing people acquainted with the family—but emphasized that as of yet there are no suspects in the case. He said his department won’t make another statement to the press until they have new information to report.

Calling hours will be held at the Garner Funeral Service in Potsdam on Thursday afternoon. Funeral services will be held Friday.

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