ITHACA, N.Y.—The New York State Police are coming to town on Thursday to assist Ithaca police in the ongoing investigation into who killed Alan Godfrey, a 32-year-old man fatally shot on July 20 near Taughannock Boulevard in Ithaca.

The process, deemed an “investigative digital scan,” will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 14. It is unclear why it took over two months since Godfrey’s death for police to bring the scanning process here, or what they hope to specifically achieve with the operation.

In terms of traffic interruption, West State Street will be closed from Floral Avenue to Brindley Street; Taughannock Boulevard (including the intersections of Brindley Street, State Street and Buffalo Street) will be closed; Seneca Street will be closed from Fulton Street to State Street; and the entrance and exit of the Dandy Mart on State Street will be closed.

Police suggested alternate routes such as Floral Avenue or Route 96 instead of Route 79, and those traveling westbound on State Street can divert to Buffalo Street.

Police have released virtually no further information regarding the crime, though IPD Chief John Joly did say earlier in October that the department hoped to be able to file charges “soon.” Godfrey’s death is the lone homicide in Ithaca this year so far.

Below is a map of the impacted areas, marked in red and orange.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at