Thursday, March 31, 2011

Forest Rangers Locate Body of Missing Woman

The body of a missing Central New York woman was located in the Adirondacks by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers yesterday afternoon.

The body of Kerry Young, 44, of Dewitt, NY was located at approximately 2:00 pm about one mile from her car by two DEC Forest Rangers conducting a ground search. She was found in a stand of conifer trees between the Limekiln-Cedar River Road and Fawn Lake in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest between Indian lake and Inlet.

A missing person alert had been issued for Ms. Young on Monday evening, March 28, by the Town of Dewitt Police Department. Town of Inlet Police Department checked a vehicle they had noticed parked on the entrance road to the DEC Limekiln Lake Campground off the Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road and confirmed that it belonged to Ms. Young.

DEC Forest Rangers were contacted to lead the search effort, which began Tuesday morning. Forest Rangers were assisted by members of the NY State Police, State Police Aviation, Town of Inlet Fire Department, Town of Inlet Police Department, Town of Webb Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff, members of Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue and other volunteers. More than 50 people and a helicopter were involved in the search effort today.

“I would say it’s off the beaten path for this time of the year,” DEC Region 5 Forest Ranger Capt. John Streiff said a press conference held in Inlet Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise (ADE):

The location where her body was found is about a mile from where her sport-utility vehicle was found parked on Monday, reported by a trapper to Inlet town police. Streiff could not provide details about what Young had been doing after leaving her vehicle or what route she had taken to get to her final location.

‘Where she went sightseeing in the woods or how long she was in the woods or how far, I can’t tell you,’ Streiff said.

When asked if there appeared to be any foul play, Streiff said, ‘It’s too early to tell. Let’s see what the investigation brings.’

According to the ADE, Young was last seen on Friday in DeWitt. “A message on her Facebook page said she was probably going hiking,” the ADE reported. “She was known to be familiar with the Old Forge and Inlet areas.”

The paper also reported that she had separated from her husband and moved out of his residence near Syracuse in recent weeks.

Investigators from the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Ray Brook are leading the investigation.

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