Frustrating is the word most commonly used by friends and family of people involved in three unsolved cases since 2008 in the area.
Loved ones of the victims - or potential victims - say they want some peace of mind, but they are just as frustrated as the police.
The disappearance of Johnstown resident Kellisue Ackernecht on Sept. 20, 2008, leaves her brother very upset after almost four years.
"Really, nothing's happened," said Tom Kilcullen of Canajoharie. "As far as good leads, there's been nothing."
He said he and family friend Kalley Lee continue to talk with Johnstown police to go over the Ackernecht case on a regular basis.
"I feel the worst has happened," Kilcullen stated. "There's something very fishy going on."
Kilcullen also thinks there are people in the Johnstown area who know what happened to his sister.
"I believe there are people hiding things under the carpet and they're not coming forward," he said. "I'd really like some answers."
Lee continues to press forward, periodically updating a website, findkellisue.wordpress.com.
"It's hard to give up," Lee says. "It's a person, she was a mother ... It's very frustrating."
Lee said a national group known as the Missing You Foundation will be in the Johnstown area in November with cadaver dogs, when the leaves are off the trees, to again search for Kellisue Ackernecht.
The double homicide of William McDermott and Cheryl Goss on March 2 in Amsterdam also continues to frustrate those who knew the victims.
Russel Faboskay of Amsterdam - whose late brother, Michael, has several children with Goss - said he has talked to the immediate family and they remain frustrated. He said the family knows of a man in the area they believe is "100 percent guilty" in the stabbing deaths of McDermott and Goss.
"He had threatened to do it to her," Faboskay said.
Family members associated with the 2010 stabbing death of Johnstown resident Brian Morrison on Bleecker Street in Gloversville either couldn't be reached, didn't return phone calls or didn't want to talk on the record about his death.
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