Body Found In Lake Ontario In 1984 Finally Identified

OSWEGO, NY – The headless torso found in Lake Ontario in July 1984 has been identified.

Authorities said today (July 20) it is that of a missing Amherst teen-ager.

Nancy Jo Scamurra
Nancy Jo Scamurra

On  14, 1984 an Oswego County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol recovered the torso of a female on the waters of Lake Ontario several miles northeast of Oswego

The recovery was made by a local fisherman who discovered the body
floating in the Water

The Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and
determined that the body was that of a murder victim.

Despite investigative efforts, the body remained unidentified.

Over the years, the victim had been compared with numerous missing women from throughout the US and Canada.

None of these leads resulted in a match.

Several years ago, Oswego County Sheriff’s investigators asked the FBI 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.

Last year, the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office called sheriff’s investigators to ask that the victim’s DNA be compared with Nancy Jo Scamurra, a teen reported missing from Amherst, NY, on July 2, 1984.

Oswego County Sheriff’s investigators and  detectives  subsequently communicated and detectives sought and obtained DNA samples from family members of Nancy Scamurra for comparison with the DNA  from the recovered victim.

The testing has now confirmed that the body recovered in the lake on July 14, 1984 is that of Nancy Jo Scamurra.

Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd said, “This positive identification and newly
developed information has furthered this murder investigation. We know there are
people out there with information Nancy’s disappearance and murder. It may be something as simple as overhearing a conversation regarding Nancy. They may not even know the importance of the information.”

He asks those people to contact the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office at 1-888-349-3411 or at [email protected]

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