Canastota family dreads Mother's Day after parents murdered 20 years ago and killer never found
For this Canastota family, Mother's Day is filled with sadness. 20 years ago, the day after Mother's Day, Joan Bodah and Patricia Skinner lost their mom and dad in a brutal attack. On a cold day in 1993, Jesse and Carl Stabb were shot to death, while watching TV inside their Wampsville home.
"I had been up there on Mother's Day. I was thinking about going up the next day, but I stayed home and cleaned. I should've went up," says Skinner.
While these two sisters spent much of their lives without their parents the case remained cold. Police say they continue to comb over evidence and routinely get new leads, but won't say much more than that.
All these years later a motive is still unclear. The only thing taken from the home was a wallet and a rifle which police believe was used to shoot the couple. Also, Carl Stabb still had $900 sitting in his pocket.
After two decades without closure, the wounds still remain fresh for this family.
"I know its been 20 years, but they were my parents. They were my children's grandparents," says Skinner.
As another Mother's Day passes without their mother, the family still wants answers.
"I don't know how that person can say Happy Mother's Day to their mother every year," says Bodah.
They're hoping answers will bring them comfort, knowing their parents can finally rest in peace.
If anyone has any information regarding the case, you're asked to call New York State Police at (315) 366-6000.