Author Topic: ONONDAGA COUNTY JOHN DOE: WM, 25-35 - Found murdered in Oswego river - June 16 1976  (Read 112 times)

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https://www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/6056

John Doe was found murdered in the Oswego River north of the Three Rivers in Lysander, NY on June 16, 1976. The victim had been smothered.

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http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1016umny.html

 
Reconstruction of Victim; amulet and coin found with remains.

Date of Discovery: June 16, 1976
Location of Discovery: Lysander, Onondaga County, New York
Estimated Date of Death: 2-5 weeks prior (posibly as early as 1975)
State of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction
Cause of Death: Homicide by asphyxciation

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 25-35 years old
Race: White
Sex: Male
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 130 to 140 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown, medium length
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Thin build. Large, thin, jagged nose. No known tattoos or scars.

Identifiers
Dentals: Available. Extensive dental work done, including many fillings and crowns.
Fingerprints: Not available.
DNA: Available.

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Beige, cashmere, v-neck pullover sweater - Size 42, over a blue turtleneck sweater. Blue Jeans; a pair of 100% nylon, yellow bikini undershorts with red trim. (label of Matt Andrews, made in Israel) - sold at a Zayre store. In 1976 the three closest Zayre stores were in Glens Falls, Jamestown and Newburgh. Florsheim, brown, leather half boots with side zippers. Size 9 1/2 D. 1976 was the most popular year for the boot, most common size and sold all over the US according to manufacture. Blue cotton socks (made in Hong Kong).
Jewelry: Gold chain with charms of an Italian "Mano Cornuto" symbol, and cornicello or "horn" like the horn of a bull.
Additional Personal Items: 87 cents and the good-luck charm from South of the Border amusement park in South Carolina.

Circumstances of Discovery

Three fisherman found the decomposed body in the Oswego River, just north of Three Rivers in Lysander. The victim had been smothered. The body was tied with a rope, and the rope tied to two cinder blocks to keep it submerged. The cinder blocks were made locally by Barnes and Cone, in Dewitt, NY. The body was in the water for about 2 weeks before floating to the surface. Part of a light colored shirt was wrapped around his face and head. In his pockets were a small amount of change, 87 cents and the good-luck charm from South of the Border amusement park in South Carolina.

The Comuto is an Italian amulet of ancient origin. Como means horn, Mano means hand. The charm represents a hand gesture in which the index and little fingers are extended while the middle and ring fingers are curled into the palm. The reference is to the horned head of an animal. The Mano Comuto is used for supposed magical protection to ward off evil. A regionally popular amulet, it is primarily found in Italy and in America among descendants of Italian immigrants.

Investigating Agency(s)
Agency Name: Onondaga County Medical Examiner
Agency Contact Person: Ronald Brunelli
Agency Phone Number: 315-435-3163
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 76-0654

Agency Name: New York State Police
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 315-455-2922
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: Unknown

NCIC Case Number: U242646027
NamUs Case Number: 6056

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https://www.nyspnews.com/cold-case-tuesday-state-police-continue-to-investigate-1976-homicide-an-unknown-male-in-onondaga-county..htm

Cold Case Tuesday: State Police continue to investigate the 1976 homicide of an unknown male in Onondaga County.
21 July 2020

NEW YORK STATE POLICE
  Major Darrin S. Pitkin
  Troop D Commander
 
PRESS RELEASE

Cold Case Tuesday: State Police continue to investigate the 1976 homicide of an unknown male in Onondaga County.

On June 12, 1976, the badly decomposed body of a white male was located in the Oswego River near Three Rivers Motel in the town of Lysander. The New York State Police continue to investigate this homicide and as of this date, the body of this white male has still not been identified. At the time of the discovery, the unknown white male was wearing a blue knit turtleneck long-sleeved sweater, blue jean type trousers with button down-down flap pockets, yellow bikini undershorts with red trim, Florsheim (size 9.5D) brown calf-length leather boots with side zippers, brown leather belt, a gold chain around his neck with an Italian pepper and Italian Cornuto hex sign ornaments attached to the chain. This male is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 129 pounds. The body was located by two fishermen approximately 400 yards north of the Three Rivers Motel.

The unidentified male is believed to be between the age of 25 to 35, of European descent, and had extensive dental work.

Hundreds of leads have been followed up on and the case has remained open.  The victimís identity and his homicide have never been solved.

Attached photographs depict the facial reconstruction performed on the unidentified remains.

Anyone with information on the identity of this unidentified homicide victim is asked to call Troop D Headquarters at (315) 366-6000.

All calls can be kept anonymous.