Is Cattaraugus County Cold Case On Verge of Being Solved?

May 1, 2013 Updated May 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

May 1, 2013 Updated May 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM EDT

LITTLE VALLEY, NY (WKBW)- Traci Douglass of Salamanca would have turned 46 this year, instead police continue to investigate her mysterious death. Douglass went missing in early 2007 from Salamanca. Two years later, in September of 2009, a fisherman walking along the shores of the Allegheny Reservoir discovered human remains near the Town of South Valley. Thanks to advanced DNA technology in 2011, police were finally able to confirm the remains were that of Traci Douglass.
Despite combing through more than 400 leads, investigators believe certain individuals have direct information about Douglass' death.

"There are people here in the community in Cattaraugus County, specifically in Salamanca, who have information on Tracy Douglass' death. That (information) can help us answer questions and answer the questions as to why we found her where we did," said Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb. "We need those people to listen to their moral compass and become part of the solution rather than the problem."

Additionally, police are asking people who provided tips in the past to come forward again. Anyone with information is urged to call Investigator Joe Magiera at: 716-938-2205 or Investigator John Ensell at: 716-938-2261