New York Cases

Teen Disappears After Leaving Party With Acquaintances

heltOn January 16, 1987, Joseph Helt was last seen with three friends after attending a late night/early morning party. Helt had been seen with them hanging out at the remains of the Mount Cathalia ski lodge in the town of Cragsmoor. The seventeen year old Ellenville teenager got in a car with three other people around his age. That was the last anyone has ever seen of Helt. According to the men he was with, their car got stuck in a ditch on Sam’s Point Road, just s few miles from the party. The three claimed that Helt got upset and chose to walk five miles back to his house in the cold despite the fact that two of them lived around two miles away. Within days., a search party was formed but called off due to a major snowstorm that was heading their way at the time. Helt has never been found and there are many questions regarding the stories of the three men he was last seen with.
At the time of his disappearance, he was 5’9″ (175 cm) and 150 pound (68 kg). His hair was blonde and eyes were brown. He was last seen wearing, a camouflage jacket, t-shirt, long sleeve thermal shirt, white colored high-top tennis shoes and a grey hooded sweatshirt.

There are theories that Helt was murdered and fliers about the case have been torn down.  If you have any information about this case, please contact the New York State Police at 845-626-2800.

Security Guard Gunned Down – Suspect Unknown

germainTuesday night, around 10:00 to 10:20 pm, December 20, 1988 Gary Germaine was executed by a gunshot to the head. The Hatian born 34 year old father had been working for only six weeks as a security guard on the Moningside Heights campus of Columbia University. It is believed that he was murdered between a student-run convenience store in Furnald Hall and the Journalism School building (now the Pulitzer Building).
There had been no struggle and no weapon or bullet casings were ever found. The case has gone cold for decades and the motive for the homicide is still unknown. It is possible that Germaine may have confronted a would be thief. In prior months, there had been two armed robberies of a nearby convenience store. An unknown man had stolen money from a cash register armed with a revolver.

Germain’s family is still looking for justice for the former US Army Veteran. If you have any information about this case, you are urged to contact the Manhattan District Attorney at (212) 335-9000.

Who Executed Businessman in his Office?

It was October 30th, 1995 when 54 year old, John Luther was shot dead as he sat in his office in Farmingdale. Luther, was the owner of Complete Property Management on Main Street. His secretary found him at 9:15 am slumped in his chair suffering from gunshot wounds to the head. He would die hours later in surgery. Police believe that Luther was attacked shot around 9am that day. The perpetrator may have entered the office through an unlocked door. The motive appeared not to be a robbery and more likely an act of revenge or assassination. Luther’s business involved home foreclosures and renovating those same properties and then selling them. At the time of his homicide, he lived in Amityville and was married with two children and had several grandchildren.
If you have any information about this case, please call the Nassau police at (516) 573-7788 or the Crime Stoppers at (800) 244-TIPS.

Is There More than One Serial Killer Stalking Long Island

tattooThe body of a woman’s torso was located on June 28, 1997 in Hempstead, New York. Police do not have much to go on except that she was black or biracial and had a picture of this two inch tattoo of peach shaped like a heart with a bite taken out of it and two drops falling. The tattoo was on the deceased woman’s breast. Police eventually located a tattoo artist out of Bristol, Connecticut who claimed to have created that tattoo for a woman prior to 1997. There is not much known about the victim except that she was seen with a friend from the Bristol area. The deceased woman also indicated that she was from New York and was planning to see friends in East Hartford that night. The tattoo artist estimated her age to be 18-20 years old. The woman also had an abdominal scar, which could have resulted from a Caesarean section. It is possible that this woman has relatives living in Connecticut that could identify this woman by her tattoo. If you know who this woman is please contact the Nassau County Police Department at 1-800-244-TIPS. For additional information about this case visit the Doe Network.

In December 2010, the remains of four white adult females were Megan Waterman, Maureen Brainard-Barnes, Amanda Costello and Melissa Barthelemy were found near Gilgo Beach, in Suffolk County, NY. The area is off of the interstate, the Ocean Parkway in southern Long Island. The areas where the victims were found were remote and not easily seen. The four had been found in burlap sacks and all had advertised their services as prostitutes on the website Craigslist.

longislandvictimsIn one case, the sister of one of the victims had been taunted by the killer via (victim’s) cellphone. Police came across the bodies when they were looking for the possible human remains of 24 year old, Shannan Gilbert. Like the previous four victims, Gilbert had also advertised her escort services on Craigslist. She had last been seen near the area where the women were found. IT is believed that she may also be a victim of the same killer that left four victims in the burlap bags. As Law Enforcement widened their search additional bodies were found including two in nearby Nassau County. One is of an Asian male (late teens to twenties), a female toddler (less than two years old) was also found. Police believe that two other bodies found maybe from a different serial killer. The head, hands and forearms of then 20 year old Jessica Taylor. Taylor was a street prostitute whose torso was found around forty-five miles away in Eastern Long Island in Manorville years earlier in July 2003. When her janedoe2nytorso was found, the killer tried to remove the tattoo from her body. Ultimately it was her tattoo that led to her identification. Another female (composite sketch center)was butchered similarly in Manorville in November 2000 when hunters found her decapitated body in a wooded area near Halsey-Manor Road. Her additional remains including her head were found not far from the other victims. The identity of this female remains unknown (a sketch of what she looks like is above on the left). The fact that these two women had their bodies scattered in areas near each other leads law enforcement to believe that this maybe the spot of more than one killer. Another victim pictured above had her skull found in the area and her legs were found in a garbage bag beach_victimsin 1996 west of Davis Park Beach. Along the same stretch of highway the remains of an unidentified Asian male (composite sketch, age 17 – 20 believed) was found. An unidentified female toddler and the remains of her nameless biological mothers were found miles apart not far from other bodies. UPDATE: 12/14/2016 – The Bodies of this woman has been identified as being that of Peaches. She had been dumped in two different areas.

There have been other bodies of women dismembered on Long Island. However, Police believe that as many as four killers could be responsible for the bodies found near this stretch of the Ocean.

Valerie Mack - Presumed Victim of LISK KillerUPDATE 5-29-2020:  Manorville Doe (Pictured next to the unidentified Asian Male) has been identified as 24 year old Valerie Mack who was last seen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2000. She was a known escort and identified through genetic genealogy technology.  With each victim identified, the case of the LISK killers gets closer to being solved.  IF you have any information about this case, please call the Suffolk Police Department at 800-220-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.

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Decades Later, Who is this John Doe?

newyorkjohndoeOn April 2, 1985 the body of a white male estimated to be around 25 to 35 years of age was found in the town of Philipstown, New York. It is believed that he was deceased for around twenty months and that he was found 8/10ths of a mile west of the Taconic State Parkway. At the time of his death, he wore a dress shirt that had yellow, blue and red stripes and size 10 dark brown Dunham work boots. He wore three pairs of pants; dungaree shorts, beige corduroy shorts, and green army type long pants. Four pairs of underwear sizze 34 and three pairs of white socks. It is believed around 5 feet 10 inches tall with white hair. At one time he had worn braces. Also found on him were a hair comb, two plastic prayer cards, dental floss and a map of the New York / New Jersey areas. If you have any information about who this person might be, please contact the New York State Police Troop K at 845-298-0398. All calls can be confidential.

Who Killed Rap Superstar?

jayRun DMC is one of the most famous rap acts in all of music. Jason Mizell whose stage name was Jam Master Jay was the DJ for hip hop power trio. On the evening of October 20, 2002, Mizzell was shot to death at his recording studio on Merrick Blvd. in Queens. Since then, questions have persisted as to how much witnesses of the killing knew. Theories have circulated for the last ten years. Some point to a “hit” by a New York City Drug Lord because Mizell refused to abide by a blacklisting of rap artists, FittyCent. FittyCent had apparently created a rap song about the Drug Lord. Other theories point to possible inner circle conflicts. There are people that have been named as possible suspects but no has been charged For more information about the murder of Jam Master Jay visit

UPDATE:  There has been two arrests in the murder of the rap pioneer.  Karl Jordan and Ronald Washington have been charged with the crime.

Brutal Death of Student Still Haunts New York City

sarahfoxAlmost a decade later, people still remember the murder of twenty-one year old Sarah Fox. The Julliard School of Music Student had been reported missing on May 19, 2004. She had gone out jogging . Her naked body was found in a park in Northern Manhattan four days later. The 5-foot-2, 110 pound woman had her larynx crushed probably from strangulation. The Medical Examiner’s office could not make a determination if she had been sexually assaulted. Who did this remains a mystery though Law Enforcement has looked at one person very carefully. Dimitry Sheinman is a self proclaimed clairvoyant who believes he knows who the killer is. He has never been charged with a crime and despite attention on him, still willingly corresponds with police. Police have also looked at other leads as to who killed Sarah Fox.

If you have information as to who murdered Sarah Fox, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Young Murder Victim, No Name, No Killer(s)

tammyjoalexanderIt is perhaps one of the most baffling cases in the last 100 years in New York State. On November 9, 1979, the body of a young teenage girl was found in Caledonia in a cornfield. Her body had been found around 20 feet from the south side of Route 20 and a half of mile from the intersection with Route 5.She had suffered two gunshot wounds to the head. Police believe she could have been between the ages of 13 and 19. Her height was 5’3 and she weighed 120 pounds. Police theorize she could have been hitching rides with truckers as two eyewitnesses gave testimony that this might have been the case.
She had not been sexually assaulted. An unusual characteristic was that she had tan lines when she was found. Her hair was also lightly frosted in her front which at the time was a popular hairstyle. The tanned complexion brings into question if she was from another part of the country or had just came back from a tropical vacation. For more information about the victim please visit the Doe Network Page for the victim .

UPDATE: February 1, 2015. She has been identified as Tammy Jo Alexander from Florida.  Her Killer has still not been identified.  If you have any information about this victim, please call the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office 585-243-7120.

Who is Gramma Doe?

grammadoeShe was found deceased on September 26, 1995 off of Squaw Island in the Niagara River in Buffalo. The cause of death was drowning. Her age is estimated to be between 60 to 70 years of age. She was around the height of 5’3 and 150 to 160 pounds. Law Enforcement states that at the time of her death, she was well dressed and nourished. The unidentified female had blue eyes and gray hair. When found she was dressed mostly in white; a whitish or cream like lightweight trench coat with butterfly pin. White sneakers. Light colored slacks, white blouse. For more information about this case visit the Doe Network at . If you know or have information as to who this woman may be, please contact the Buffalo Police Department at 716-851-4511.

College Student’s Slaying Still Cold

eutoIt was Super Bowl Sunday – January 28, 2001. It was the last day 18 year Jill Lyn Euto an 18 year old freshman at Syracuse University was alive. She had been stabbed to death in the sixth floor apartment at 600 James Street in Syracuse. The murder weapon was a kitchen knife of hers and Police theorize she may have known her killer. The crime may have happened between noon and 9pm. Euto at the time besides being a student, also worked at the nearby Shoppingtown Mall.
There is a $13,000.00 reward offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Euto’s killer(s).  If you have any information about this case, please contact the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5222 or email them at the address

Reward in Christmas Party Slaying

berriosIn December of 2004, 22 year old Michael Berrios was stabbed to death outside of a Christmas Party in the Elmhurst section of Queens, New York. The College student and personal trainer had just gotten into an altercation with four other men after he had an argument with his girlfriend. The men stabbed him in the chest and chased him down to 47th Avenue. He was beaten with baseball bats wielded by the killers. His girlfriend later found him deceased. She is not a suspect and it is believed to be a random crime. There is a $20,000 dollar reward being offered for the conviction of those responsible for this crime.
If you have any information about this killing, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers at 1(800)577-TIPS.

College Student Vanishes After Work

suzannelyall19 year old, Suzanne Lyall disappeared on a Monday night on March 2, 1998. At 9:45PM she had been last seen exiting a CDTA bus at Collins Circle, on the uptown campus of the University at Albany . She is described as being 5 feet 3 inches tall, and around 175 pounds. She had long blond hair and blue eyes. At the time of her disappearance, she was last seen wearing a long black trench coat, blue jeans, and a black shirt. The sophomore at college wore glasses and had had pierced ears. Around the time that she was last seen, Lyall had worked at Babbages Software which is located in the Crossgates Mall in Guilderland. A day after she went missing, her ATM card was used at Stewarts Store at the corner Manning Boulevard and Central Avenue.
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There is a $25,000 reward to the individual who can provide information leading to the arrest and convictions of the person(s) responsible for her disappearance.  Please call the New York State Police at 519-783-3211 or at 899-940-4150. All calls can be confidential.

Who Murdered Upper Eastside Jewel Salesman

It was in January 27, 2010 when Henry (Hank) Menahem was shot to death in R.S. Durant a jewelry store on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. The gunman had said he needed the jewelry because his child was sick and then fired the fatal bullet. He was described as wearing a blue overcoat, gray slacks, a black wool coat and sunglasses. The seventy one year old father of three succumbed to a gunshot wound to the chest. To date, the gunman has not been found. However, a man by the name of Edward Alma was arrested for having possession of some of the four million dollars worth of items stolen from the store. He is in prison currently awaiting trial. Still no word on who killed Menahem but it is obvious that Alma may have a connection to the crime. If you have any information on this case, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls can be confidential.

Same Suspect in Two Different Disappearances

crowlesLaw Enforcement in New York is looking at a person of interest in the disappearances of two females. The first is Cindy Rowles who at the age of 17 was last seen on August 16th, 1986 in West Hurley, New York. She had been last seen while in a car that had been in parking lot of a restaurant at Route 28 and Maverick Road. The car she was in, had been circling around the parking lot. There has been no trace of the Kingston, New York native since.
In Connelly, New York, on July 5, 1994 Laura Louise Smith Williams was last seen getting in a four door older model white car. The car had two unidentified white males and they were at her residence at the Connelly Trailer Park. It is unlikely lwilliamsthat Smith Williams took off voluntarily. The 22 year old suffered from Multiple Sclerosis and had three children. Foul play is suspected in her case.

An unnamed individual has claimed to know where evidence may be in both cases. This person is taken seriously by law enforcement but there is not enough evidence for an arrest.

If you have information about the disappearance of Cindy Rowles, please call the Kingston Police Department at 914-331-8404. For the case of Laura Louise Smith Williams call the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department at 914-338-3640.

Married Mother of Three Still Missing After Nearly Two Decades

aherronIt’s as though, she dropped off the face of the Earth on August 29, 2002. 31 year old Audry (Turk) Herron was last seen driving from work at 11pm in the town of Catskill. She was in her 1994 Black, Jeep Grande Cherokee westbound on State Route 23. Both her and the vehicle have never been located. Her license plate number was X233UV and she was wearing dark green medical scrubs and blue turtle neck shirt.
Law Enforcement does not believe the part time nurse left on her own due to the fact that she has 3 children. At the time of her disappearance, she was 5 feet tall, 105 pounds, hazel eyes with light brown hair.

If you know there whereabouts of Audrey Herron, please call the New York State Police at 518-622-8600. You can remain anonymous.

Woman Disappears From Home

doughertyOn April 1, 2008, forty year old Bethanie Dougherty disappeared from her residence at the 500 block of Jennings Creek Road in Killawog, New York. She was reported missing hours after her son had last seen her. Her personal belongings and car were left behind. She was supposed to show up for work the next day. Neighbors reported screams around 3 to 3:30 in the area of where she lived. Family members believe that she did not voluntarily leave, that she is the victim of foul play.

If you have any information about what happened to Bethanie Dougherty you are urged to call the Broome County Sheriff’s office at 607-778-2053.
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