1984 Cold Case: Police Link DNA Of Missing Teen To Body Found In Lake Ontario

July 20, 2012 Updated Jul 20, 2012 at 8:42 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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July 20, 2012 Updated Jul 20, 2012 at 8:42 PM EDT


AMHERST, NY (RELEASE/WKBW)- On July 14th, 1984 an Oswego Sheriff's Office marine patrol recovered the torso of a female on the water of Lake Ontario several miles north east of Oswego Harbor. The recovery was made after a local fisherman discovered the body floating in the water. The Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy and determined the body was that of a murder victim. Despite investigative efforts, the body remained unidentified. Over the years, the victim had been compared with numerous missing women from throughout the U.S. & Canada. None of these leads resulted in a match.
Last year, the Onondage County Medical Examiner's Office called sheriff's investigators to ask the victim's DNA be compared with Nancy Jo Scamurra, a teen missing from Amherst since July 1st, 1984. Oswego County Sheriff's Investigators & Amherst Police Detectives subsequently communicated and detectives sought about obtained DNA samples from family members of Nancy Scamurra for comparison with the DNA from the recovered victim. The testing has now confirmed that the body recovered on Lake Ontario on July 14th, 1984 is that of Nancy Jo Scamurra.

Investigators say Scamurra was dismembered and decapitated. WIth the positive identification, police are still left with questions and are turning to the public for help in tracking down her killer.

"In 1984, the different types of methods we would have used to identify a person were missing. She didn't have those features when we found her, what we found was a torso and all we could identify her as a female but nothing else," said Oswego County Undersheriff Gene Sullivan.

If anyone has information about this case, they are urged to call 1-888-349-3411 or email: helpnancy@oswegocounty.com
The public is also encouraged to visit: www.facebook.com/helpnancy