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Homicide Of Pawling Man, 59, Remains A Mystery

Cattle Car Steakhouse.
Cattle Car Steakhouse. Photo Credit: Contributed

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - More than 45 years later, state police continue to investigate the murder of a Pawling man that played out like a scene in a movie.

State police from the Dover Plains barracks continue to investigate the homicide of 49-year-old Emile Zaniboni, who was found murdered in his family’s restaurant in 1971.

According to police, on Jan 10, 1971, troopers were dispatched to the former Cattle Car Restaurant on Route 22, between Wingdale and Pawling, where a homicide was reported after Zaniboni failed to return home from work.

While looking for him, Zaniboni’s wife and daughter found him murdered inside the bar portion of the family-owned restaurant. The restaurant “appeared to be in disarray,” with bar stools overturned and coin boxes removed from the juke box and cigarette machines.

The subsequent investigation determined that Zaniboni had died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. He was last seen at the restaurant at approximately 10:30 p.m. the day before he was found dead.

Zaniboni’s death continues to be actively investigated by state police. Numerous leads have been followed up throughout the investigation, but it has never been solved.

Anyone with information regarding this longstanding investigation can contact the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation confidentially in Dover by calling (845) 677-7399 or (845) 877-3660. Callers should refer to SJS #3025018.

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