Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann says the FBI Crime Laboratory has resumed DNA tests of hairs found on the body of Julie Monson in hopes of solving a 32 year old cold case.
H ad she lived , J ulie Monson would be 50 years old today, but the Auburn girl died at the age of 18. The last time Monson was seen alive was on September 28, 1981. She was seen getting into a car on Prospect Street in the city of Auburn.
M onson's remains were found in 1983 in the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge.
T homas Bianco served 6 years in prison for the murder, but a judge ordered his release in 1994. The judge accused Cayuga County authorities of withholding evidence that the man driving that car on Prospect Street was a violent sex offender named John Grossman. Grossman has never been charged.
B ob Schillagi has been researching the Monson Murder Mystery for the past 19 years and says the "smoking gun" is in the ruling that set Bianco free. "It's very specific. She got into a car on Prospect Street with a violent sex offender named John Grossman not the ex boyfriend that was convicted of the crime." Schillagi told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon.
S chillagi claims local authorities don't want to solve the Monson murder because it might expose official misconduct. "There was a cover up...critical evidence was intentionally withheld." he says. Schillagi posted his letter to Kenyon on his websitehe says. Schillagi posted his letter to Kenyon on his website, Who Killed Julie Monson?
Cayuga County District Jon Budelmann denies Schillagi's claim of a cover up.
Cayuga County District Jon Budelmann denies Schillagi's claim of a cover up. "Certainly I have no interest in covering up any mistakes or anything that might have been done wrong 30 something years ago. I have no connection to that. Truth is the truth. That's the business we're in."
A possible key to the case involves a number of hairs that were recovered from Julie Monson's body. They were submitted to the FBI crime laboratory four years ago,but Budelmann says the first DNA tests were mixed up. The DA revealed Friday that the FBI recently informed him that they have resumed the dna analysis of the hairs. "I do know it is being worked on at the lab and we are expecting answers imminently, but I don't have any answers yet."
T here's a sense of urgency to solve the case . Se veral years ago. , John Grossman the level 3 sex offender got out of prison for the violent rape of a 16 year old girl. The sex offender registry lists his address at an apartment building in Albion near Rochester. He could not be reached for comment.