Body Of Missing Syracuse Girl Found

November 27, 2010 Updated Nov 27, 2010 at 11:07 PM EDT

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Body Of Missing Syracuse Girl Found

November 27, 2010 Updated Nov 27, 2010 at 11:07 PM EDT

TOWN OF CLAY -- ( WTVH 5 Syracuse ) Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and Undersheriff Warren Darby held a news conference Saturday evening to announce an arrest in the case of missing Liverpool woman Jenni-Lyn Watson, whose body was found in Clay Central Park Saturday morning.

Fitzpatrick and Darby announced the arrest of 21-year-old Steven Pieper and charged him with second degree murder in the disappearance and death of Watson. Pieper, from 8237 Coconut Tree Drive in Liverpool, was arrested within an hour of the news conference, which began at 5:00 p.m.

Officials say Pieper had been voluntarily interviewed twice by police investigators during the time Jenni-Lyn Watson was missing, which began last Friday. Fitzpatrick says Pieper denies involvement in her death, but has an attorney. Fitzpatrick says Pieper visited the Watson home early Friday morning, and may have been the last to see the 20-year-old woman alive. They had dated on and off for 18 months, according to Fitzpatrick, and she wanted it off but 'that message apparently did not get through.'

Pieper will be in Clay Town Court Saturday evening, and no bail will be set in his case. He has a minor record, but 'no crimes of violence.' Fitzpatrick says an autopsy will be performed early Sunday morning, which should provide evidence on the cause of death. Fitzpatrick would not speculate on what caused Watson's death.

Undersheriff Warren Darby says the search was concentrated near Clay Central Park because of information from Verizon on the victim's cell phone. Responding to a question about the dark pickup truck reported connected to the case, the DA says it's not part of the 'evidentiary case' but that its connection will come out, during the trial. Officials say they found no blood at scene, and no sign of struggle.

The Sheriff's Office will distribute pictures of Pieper and of his Volkswagon, in efforts to get more eyewitnesses who may have seen the car between 11:00 a.m. and noon on Friday morning, the day Watson disappeared from her Donegal Way home. Anyone with more information can call the Sheriff's Office at 435-3081.

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