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Out of area judge assigned to murder case

She remained at an Albany hospital for weeks, with her family keeping vigil beside a police presence before she was transferred to Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center in Schenectady before Christmas.

Meanwhile, Bethlehem Police continue their investigation, according to Lt. Thomas Heffernan.

Recently, area news organizations reported that the Bethlehem Police were trying to contact a man in Maryland in conjunction with the Peter Porco case.

"We've been working outside of the Capital Region since Day 1," said Det. John Cox. "There's been recent attention to Maryland, that's been ongoing for several months. We've also been (tracking down leads) in other areas of the state, Massachusetts, Vermont, Florida."

Neither Heffernan nor Cox would comment on what, if anything, they've been able to rule in or out because of the interviews with individuals out of state or the Capital District area.

Cox said police spoke by phone to an individual in Florida and a state trooper in Vermont set up an interview with another individual there.

"Other agencies have been assisting us," Heffernan said, calling the investigation "widespread."

Rossi, Heffernan and Cox wouldn't characterize the investigation, which toppled the three-month mark recently, as long. Rossi noted investigations in the DA's office that have been active since the 1970s.

"Just because we can make a phone call, it's still time consuming," Cox said. "We need statements. Several other outside agencies to follow up."

Heffernan said the Bethlehem Police "expect to make a trip to Rochester in the near future," to conduct more interviews.

The Bethlehem Police said they interviewed a teacher in the Bethlehem Central School District who knew of a threat against the Porco family about 15 years ago.

"Absolutely part of our investigation is ruling people out," Cox said. "Because of Mr. Porco's position, there may be enemies out there, and, obviously, it's our job to locate them."

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