21 July 2020

  Major Darrin S. Pitkin
  Troop D Commander



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 victim’s 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. 




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