UPDATE: Autopsy inconclusive for Kerry Young
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 03:29:44 GMT —
5:35 p.m. Thursday update:
State Police have released the autopsy report for Kerry Young.
Police say the autopsy was not able to determine the cause of Young's death, but the doctor did not see any sign of criminal activity. Investigators say the case of death will remain unknown pending toxicology reports.
State police are continuing the investigation into Young's death, but say the investigation has not revealed any evidence of foul play.
11:50 a.m. Thursday update:
We expect to learn the autopsy results of a missing East Syracuse woman sometime this afternoon. Kerry Young's body was found in the Adirondack down of Inlet on Wednesday after a several day search.
Young's autopsy is being handled by the Hamilton County Coroner. That will hopefully shed some light on how she died.
Meanwhile, state police in Ray Brook continue to investigate Young's death. We will post the latest information on CNY Central.com when the autopsy results are released.
9 a.m. Thursday update:
An autopsy scheduled for today could shed light on how 44-year-old Kerry Young died. The medical examination is expected to be done today. The body of the East Syracuse woman was found around 2 PM on Wednesday in the Town of Inlet. Forest Rangers were searching through the woods when they discovered Young's body.
The Adirondack Express is reporting a snowmobiler discovered tracks in the woods and reported it to authorities once he heard someone was missing in that area. You can also read coverage of this story from Adirondack Daily Enterprise by clicking here .
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5:15 p.m. Wednesday update:
State DEC officials confirm that a body found in the Town of Inlet Wednesday afternoon is of missing East Syracuse hiker Kerry Young.
The DEC says forest rangers located Young's body at around 2:00 p.m. about one mile from where her car was found. The DEC says she was found in a stand of conifer trees between the Limekiln-Cedar River Road and Fawn Lake.
A missing person alert had been issued for Young on Monday evening by DeWitt Police. The Inlet Police Department says they checked a vehicle parked on the entrance road to the Limekiln Lake Campground and confirmed that it belonged to Young.
DEC rangers were contacted to lead the search effort, which began Tuesday morning. Rangers were assisted by members of the New York State Police, Inlet Fire Department, Inlet Police Department, Town of Webb Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, members of Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue and other volunteers.
The DEC says in all more than 50 people and a helicopter were involved in the search effort.
Investigators from the State Police are now investigating Young's death.
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4:30 p.m. Wednesday update:
Officials on the scene of the search for East Syracuse resident Kerry Young report that they have found a body, but will not confirm if it is Young's.
The search for the missing 44-year-old hiker resumed at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday and has gone on all day, with more than 55 people contributing to the search efforts.
State DEC forest rangers, police officers for various agencies, fire department personnel, and community volunteers have scoured the area around the State DEC's Limekiln Campground in the Hamilton County Town of Inlet.
DeWitt Police Chief Eugene Conway says he will not speak about the case until he gets more information from Inlet investigators. He says he doesn't feel comfortable speaking about the case, because at the time of the interview he didn't know that a body had been discovered in the Adirondacks.
Stay with CNYcentral.com for more on this story as it develops.
Wednesday morning update:
44-year-old Kerri Young was last seen on Friday. Tuesday, 12 State DEC Forest Rangers scoured the area around where Kerry Young's car was discovered for nine hours. Search crews looked both on foot, and on snowmobile. A State Police helicopter was also called in to help. As the sun went down, rescue crews in Inlet called off the search until Wednesday morning.
Young's car was found on Campsite Road, a seasonal road, which rangers say is not an uncommon place for hikers to park.
"We are covering a lot of ground, trying to locate some sort of sign that's going to give us a direction of travel once we have that, we narrow it down and that makes our job easier," said Lt. Stephen Preston with the NYS Forest Rangers.
Preston says a big challenge is figuring out which direction Young traveled in. Right now, they are scouring such a big area and are hoping to find a clue to narrow that area down. Tuesday, search crews focused on the high-traffic areas like the trails and pathways that run through the woods.
Investigators say what they found inside Young's car leads them to believe she was going hiking, but nothing in the car suggests she was planning to camp overnight. They say she was interested in photography and visited the Old Forge area quite often.
"We're hopeful, we want to find her, and we have every resource available to us here," said Investigator Shawn Socker with DeWitt Police.
SUNY-ESF Instructor Maria Hosmer-Briggs is very familiar with the Old Forge/Inlet area. She was concerned to hear that someone could be lost and off the major Adirondack trails.
"Not only is it cold, but there are quite possibly pockets of snow that are above the knees, if she didn't happen to have snowshoes with her. Off the trail, she could have a pretty hard time negotiating pockets of snow."
Investigators say they are concerned about the very cold temperatures in the area, especially overnight. The DEC says the Moose River Plains consist of 83,000 acres of forest, with flat lands and low hills containing numerous rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. The area is popular for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter, and camping, fishing, and hunting during the remainder of the year.
The DEC's Limekiln Campground, where Young's vehicle was found, is located in the western portion of the Moose River Plains, a short distance from Inlet.
The DeWitt Police Department says a missing East Syracuse woman's vehicle has been found, and they have begun a search for her in a small Adirondack town.
Tuesday afternoon update:
DeWitt Police held a news conference Tuesday afternoon and offered more details on the case. Police say at 7:30 Monday Kerry Young's mother called to say she hadn't seen her daughter's car since Friday, around the same time Wolf Aviation reported her missing.
Police say Young posted on her Facebook page that she was probably going hiking, and left a note for roommate that implied she was going hiking in LaFayette. Police say they don't understand the note she left for her roommate, because it doesn't appear she ever went to LaFayette.
Thruway records say she was heading east towards Old Forge on Friday. DeWitt Police Chief Eugene Conways said the the information they had was cause for concern and cited the location of car since it was not in an area where a hiker would normally park. Conway said "While we have found the car, we haven't located her. While we have no indication of foul play - the circumstances, I would describe as unusual."
Officers talked to Young's estranged husband, who lives in Manlius. At some point Friday she texted him a message, but they didn't say what that was. Police say they have been estranged for several weeks.
A search command headquarters has been set up at the Inlet Fire Department on Route 28. Inlet police, New York State Police, Forest Rangers and fire department volunteers are assisting with the search for Young. DeWitt Police say Young left a Facebook message for her roommate saying she was going hiking.
DeWitt Police Chief Eugene Conway reports that a vehicle operated by Young has been located. Earlier Tuesday, DeWitt Police were contacted by Inlet Police, who had located the vehicle on a seasonal road in the Inlet area. The vehicle was first observed at that location by a trapper on Saturday. The trapper observed the vehicle again today and alerted Inlet Police. The vehicle was described by police as a white 2009 Toyota RAV4 with New York State license plates AZV 9845.
Investigators are in the Inlet area meeting with local police as they coordinate a search for Young. Police say the vehicle was not parked in an area common to hikers, although she had indicated to friends that she was going hiking. Investigators have learned that she has frequented the Old Forge area in the past.
Inlet is a town in Hamilton County, not far from the village of Old Forge. It is about a two hour, 110 mile drive from DeWitt by car.
Police say Young was most recently residing in the Watertree condominium complex in East Syracuse. Police say she was last seen around 4:00 p.m. Friday at the Rite Aid on Kirkville Road by Watertree employees.
DeWitt Police are asking that anyone who may have seen Young between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon call them at 315-449-3640, or simply call 911. She is described as a 44-year-old white female, 5' 7" tall, weighing 115 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.