23 September 2022

Major Kathryne M. Rohde
Troop K Commander

Fishkill, New York - Since March 20, 1980, the New York State Police have investigated the discovery of a victim left headless and handless in a travel trunk near a dumpster on the grounds of the Hudson View Apartment Complex in Fishkill, NY.  Technological and forensic limitations of the time prevented positive identification of the victim.

For the past 42 years, Investigators have followed hundreds of leads trying to identify the victim and the circumstances surrounding her death. 

Because of recent advances in genetic technology, an identifiable DNA sample was obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Investigative Genealogy Team, in partnership with Othram, a private lab that specializes in cutting edge forensic DNA analysis. Funding was provided by the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).

Using this profile, on May 26, 2022, the New York State Police Troop K Major Crimes Unit positively identified the victim as Anna L. Papalardo-Blake, of New York City, who was 44 years old at the time of her death. Papalardo-Blake was reported missing to the New York City Police Department in Manhattan.  She was last seen on March 18, 1980, at approximately 6:00 p.m. leaving her place of work, Vidal Sassoon, at 160 5th Avenue, New York, NY, where she was employed as a receptionist.

The State Police ask anyone who believes they have information related to this case to contact investigators at 845-677-7300.  Please reference case #3020974.

The State Police thank the FBI, The Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office, and NamUs for their ongoing assistance with this case.


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