Entries in Jenni-Lyn Watson (4)


Ex-Boyfriend Charged in Death of College Student

Photo Courtesy - findjennilyn(dot)com(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Onondaga County, New York District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said on Saturday officials had treated the ex-boyfriend of a missing college student as a witness but knew all along he was the prime suspect in the disappearance of 20-year-old Jenni-Lyn Watson.  Watson's body was found Saturday in a park near her suburban Syracuse, N.Y., home, in a marsh behind the playing fields. 

Steven Pieper, 21, pleaded not guilty in town court, where he is charged with second-degree murder.  Officials say he and Watson had been romantically involved, off-and-on, for about a year and a half but Watson broke it off in October.

She came home for Thanksgiving from college in Pennsylvania, where she was a dance major and disappeared from her parents' home Nov. 19.  Hundreds of searchers combed the countryside looking for her, finally discovering the body Saturday in Clay Central Park. 

Authorities say they do not have any eyewitness reports linking Pieper to the Watson home, where they believe the girl was murdered.  They are asking neighbors to contact authorities if they saw Pieper's black Volkswagen in the neighborhood on the day Jenni-Lyn Watson disappeared.

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Body Found Where Searchers Look for Missing College Student

Photo Courtesy - findjennilynwatson [dot] com(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Officials in central New York have found a body in a park where they were searching for a 20-year-old woman missing since Nov. 19.  Jenni-Lyn Watson had returned home from college to her family's suburban Syracuse home.

Positive identification had not been made Saturday afternoon but Onondaga County officials say "logic and common sense" suggest the body of a young woman found four miles from the girl's home suggest the remains are those of Watson.  Her family was notified Saturday afternoon, shortly after the discovery in a town park, in a marshy area behind snow-dusted playing fields.

Police had been seeking information on Watson's relationships and also on a dark pickup truck seen in Watson's neighborhood in the town of Clay, N.Y., about the same time she went missing.

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College Student Vanishes While Home for Holiday Break

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Police are expected to continue their ground search Friday for a young New York woman who went missing a week ago, after coming home from college for the holiday break.

Search and rescue teams took Thanksgiving Day off, but investigators at the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said they would continue to process tips and track down leads in the search for Jenni-Lyn Watson, 20, of the upstate New York town of Clay.

Watson went missing last Friday, after she returned home from Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania to spend Thanksgiving with her family. She was last seen at home with her parents and 17-year-old sister. When they returned home in the afternoon, Watson was gone, along with her cell phone. Watson's purse, wallet and house keys were still at home.

Police continue to classify the case as a missing-person investigation.

Authorities would not confirm if they had a suspect in the case.

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College Student Vanishes While Home on Break

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LIVERPOOL, N.Y.) -- Authorities in upstate New York are searching for a college student who went missing Friday after returning home from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. for Thanksgiving break.

Jenni-Lyn Watson, 20, was last seen at her family's home in Liverpool, N.Y., near Syracuse, on Nov. 19.

Onondaga County Sheriff deputies, firefighters and U.S. Marshals are using information obtained from her cell phone records to search a large wooded area in the northern suburbs of Syracuse.

"This is an area that has shown up on her cell phone records," Onondaga County Undersheriff Warren Darby told ABC News Syracuse affiliate WSYR. "We wanted to make sure her phone wasn't left here and if it was, we wanted to recover it because it may have some more information."

According to a neighbor interviewed by the Post-Standard, Watson was last seen at home Friday morning with her parents and 17-year-old sister. When they returned home Friday afternoon, Watson was gone, along with her cell phone. Watson's purse, wallet, and house keys were still at home.

Authorities are urging people to call if they have information but not to look for Watson on their own, saying it would interfere with the investigation.

Jenni-Lyn's mother, Jackie Watson, delivered the same message in a written statement: "Thank you for all of the offers of help and assistance. It is greatly appreciated. At this time, we ask that you respect the advice of the Sheriff's Department and do not go near the designated search area. Professionals are covering that part of the search. However, what you can do is check any property you own, to include buildings, basements, sheds, or places that you do not normally spend time in."

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