The New State Police Troop D Major Crimes Unit in Oneida continues to investigate the homicide of Rudy Allen Rothberg on November 8, 1972, a news release said.

Rothberg, 52, of Evans Mills, was employed as a truck driver for Whitaker Trucking Company located in Deposit, officials said.

Rothberg was operating a tractor-trailer north on Interstate 81 when he stopped at about 1:45 a.m. at a rest area about one mile south of US-20, state police said.

Police said Rothberg was sleeping in the cab of the truck in the driver’s seat when he was shot in the head with a shotgun.

Another truck driver found the body still located in the cab of the truck and reported the murder at 3:05 a.m., officials said.

The investigation revealed that Rothberg’s wallet containing a small amount of cash and some credit cards had been stolen, police said.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Investigator Eric Costello or Senior Investigator Reece S. Treen of the Troop D Major Crimes Unit at 315-366-6000.