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September 19, 2018

A Cold Case Murder Investigation Continues


OSWEGO, NY – July 1, 2014, marks the 30-year anniversary of the date Nancy-Jo Scamurra, a 14-year-old from Amherst, NY, went missing from her home.

Nancy-Jo Scamurra

Nancy-Jo Scamurra

Today, the cold case investigation into what happened to Ms. Scamurra continues to be conducted by members of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office.

Ms. Scamurra was last seen walking alone in the late evening hours of July 1, 1984, in the area of Scamridge Curve and Evanshire Lane in Amherst New York.

She may have been walking with the family’s German Shepard dog, which returned home.

On July 14, 1984, members of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Division recovered a female torso from the waters of Lake Ontario several miles northeast of the Oswego Harbor after a local fisherman discovered the body floating in the water.

At the time, an autopsy conducted by the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office, determined the torso, that had been dismembered and decapitated, was that of a murder victim.

Despite investigative efforts, the body remained unidentified.

In the years that followed, the victim had been compared with numerous missing women from throughout the United States and Canada, none of which resulted in a match.

Several years ago the Oswego County Sheriff’s Investigators asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to attempt to recover DNA from the remains of the victim and compare them to DNA from missing persons and/or their family members on file in the Combined DNA Index System.

During late 2011 the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office called Sheriff’s Investigators to ask that the victim’s DNA be compared with Ms. Scamurra.

After 30 years, the investigation into Nancy-Jo Scamurra's disappearance and murder continues.

After 30 years, the investigation into Nancy-Jo Scamurra’s disappearance and murder continues.

Oswego County Sheriff’s Investigators and Amherst Police Detectives subsequently communicated and detectives sought and obtained DNA samples from family members of Nancy-Jo Scamurra for comparison with DNA from the recovered victim.

The testing confirmed that the torso recovered from Lake Ontario on July 14, 1984 was that of Nancy-Jo Scamurra.

Despite the positive identification and continued investigation, the mystery surrounding Ms. Scamurra’s disappearance, murder, dismemberment, and decapitation, remains unsolved.

In an effort to bring justice to Nancy-Jo Scamurra, anyone with any information involving this investigation is asked to contact the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office at (315) 349-3411 or at 1-(888)-349-3411 or to e-mail [email protected]

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