Boyfriend arrested after death of Moravia woman

Arthur Basso

A grieving father says he saw 'the marks he left on her' as he mourns his dead daughter. Phil Bevier told us on Tuesday that his daughter was being abused by the boyfriend she'd lived with for two months, and that he'd told her 'you gotta get outa there.'

36-year-old Arthur Basso of Moravia, the boyfriend, has been charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting it, a class D felony, in connection with the death . He was arraigned in Dryden Town Court and is currently being held in the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond.

Tompkins County Sheriffs Investigators say Crystal Grobelny, 31, was found dead in Dryden around 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Her body was spotted by a motorist, in a remote field at the side of West Dryden Road, near the intersection with Caswell Road. Sheriff's Senior Investigator Jody Coombs told us this morning "It does not appear that she (Grobelny) was struck," refuting previous information that she had been hit by a car. He would not comment further on the nature of her injuries or what caused her death.

Phil Bevier, Grobelny's father, there was a history of domestic violence. "And this morning I got a phone call from one of my neighbors that I guess it was halloween night, she talked to one of the neighbors across the street, that she was afraid he was going to kill her. So wy didn't she get outathere? Did he have that much influence on her? I don't know."

Crystal moved in with Basso two months ago and they were living in an apartment across from Moravia High School.

She leaves a 6 year old daughter, Whitney (who's staying with her ex-husband) as well as five brothers and sisters.

Coombs says investigators are still working to piece together the details of the case and additional charges are pending. Basso is scheduled to reappear in Dryden Town Court on November 18.

Investigators are asking that anyone who may have seen Basso or Grobelny on the night of Saturday, November 9 to call the Tompkins County 911 Center at (607) 272-2444 or the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office anonymous Tip Line at (607) 266-5420.

Funeral services for Grobelny have been scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Wades Funeral Home on Church Street in Moravia.

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