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State Police continue to investigate 1973 death case in Oneida County

Martha Louise Allen was found dead on Aug. 17, 1973 in Oneida County. Her death remains under investigation (State Police)

New York State Police are continuing to investigate the death of an Oneida County woman — a case that has gone unsolved for 44 years.

Martha Louise Allen was reported missing by her grandfather from their residence on 9th Street in the village of Oneida Castle on July 26, 1973.

Allen's grandfather reported that he had last seen her the day before at around 8:30 a.m., when he left the residence to go to the Syracuse area for the day.

On Aug. 17, 1973, a boater on Black Creek, in the area of Verona Beach State Park, found a partially decomposed woman's body in the water.

The body was later identified as Martha L. Allen.

At the time of her death, Allen was 21 years old, 5'3" and 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing red, white and blue striped shorts, a lavender color tank top and thick rimmed glasses. She had brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Allen’s death is asked to call State Police at (315) 366-6000.


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