On Tuesday June 17, 2014, the Oswego City Police Department and the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office received a positive identification from the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office relative to the human remains recovered from the Oswego River within the City of Fulton last week.
Those remains, which were located within a 1993 Toyota Corolla, have been positively identified as those of Carol L. Wood dob 02/13/1966.
The vehicle has also been positively identified as that which Carol Wood was last seen in.
Wood’s had been reported missing to the Oswego City Police Department on Tuesday August 6, 1996.
The family of Carol Wood has been notified.
A cause and manner of death has not been determined as of this time.
The investigation is and will be, as it has for almost 18 years now continue to be open and active.
The Oswego City Police Department is requesting that anyone whom may have information relative this investigation to please contact the Criminal Investigation Division; Capt. Charles Tonkin at 315-342-8130 or Sgt. Damian Waters at 315-342-8266.
Those individuals wishing to remain anonymous may contact the confidential tip line at 315-342-8131 or email [email protected]
It was a routine side scan sonar operation by Canal Corp. that located a vehicle in the river, Capt. Tonkin told Oswego County Today.
“They notified the Sheriff’s Department, which in turn led to their divers conducting a dive operation of Thursday June 12th. I was notified by OCSD prior to their operation and further notified that morning when it preliminarily looked like the vehicle matched the general description of Carol Wood’s vehicle,” he said.
The investigation has been treated as a missing person from day one.
“We have actively worked on it the entire time. There has been no determination as to cause and manner of death,” he added. “The case will continue to be investigated with an open mind to all possibilities. Our only goal and stake in this is to determine the truth as to what actually happened based on evidence not rumor, innuendo or speculation.”
The Oswego City Police Department would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, Fulton City Police Department and New York State Police for their assistance, past and continued, in this investigation.
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