06 August 2019

Major David C. Candelaria
Troop L Commander


Cold Case Tuesday: State Police continue the search for the suspect in a 1986 homicide.

State Police in Brentwood continue to investigate the homicide of Carolyn Smith.

On Friday, March 07, 1986, the New York State Police were alerted to a body by a tow truck operator looking for a disabled vehicle, eastbound on the Southern State Parkway, east of 5th Ave in Bayshore.  The tow operator observed the body of an African American female lying in the snow in a wooded area just off the south shoulder of the Parkway.
The preliminary investigation revealed the victim was Carolyn Smith, 29 years old, from 98 Orange Street, Central Islip, NY.  Carolyn Smith was the victim of a homicide, she had been stabbed multiple times.
Interviews at the time determined Smith was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation in New York City and would commute to work in a 1985 white Ford LTD station wagon.  Smith was last seen the previous night, March 06, 1986, at an apartment of a co-worker in the Bronx, NY.  Smith left the apartment at approximately 11:00PM and was heading to Newark Airport.
On April 08, 1986, Smith’s Ford station wagon was located at the Taft Housing Projects, 114th Street and Park Ave, Manhattan, NY.
Numerous interviews and hundreds of leads have been followed over the past 33 years.  The investigation is still active.
Carolyn Smith was described as 5’07, 142 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.  Carolyn was the mother of two young children.  She was known to frequent Huntington Station, as well as NYC.  The investigation is ongoing and the State Police are requesting that anyone who may have information concerning this investigation to call (631)-756-3300.  Calls can remain confidential.



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