Saturday, July 21, 2012
Amherst cold case reopened
I was completely shocked to hear that the remains of Nancy Scamurra had finally been recovered and identified. Scamurra was the 14 year old girl from Amherst who went missing in 1984. She had gotten into an argument with a family member and was last seen heading towards North Forrest Road. She was never seen alive again.
Her DNA was matched today with a decapitated body found off the shores of Lake Ontario. Ironically, the body had been discovered in Oswego County only days after she went missing. But it took nearly 30 years for authorities to put two and two together.
Authorities are adamant that the case has not been closed. They feel somebody must have seen something that night. Perhaps the location of the body's discovery might yield the one clue needed to solve this case. Seems to me like it could have been a random crime of opportunity. Hopefully, they'll question known scumbag Paul Bernardo. Bernardo is the Scarborough rapist/murderer, who was known to have smuggled cigarettes across the US/Canadian border around the time of Scamurra's disappearance. He would have been 20 at the time of Scamurra's murder. He had already raped at least a dozen young girls by age 23. He is known to have killed at least three young girls.
I have no proof (and it very well could be some unknown person). However, there is one striking similarity. One of Bernardo's victims, Leslie Mahaffy was a 14 year old girl. Her torso, head and limbs missing, was found in a Lake in Ontario two weeks after she went missing. Scamurra's torso, head and limbs missing, was found in Lake Oswego, two weeks after she was reported missing. This is either an eerie coincidence or the work of the same killer. I'll leave it up to the experts. I believe in the detectives and I hope somebody steps forward with information.
Remains of body found in '84 identified as missing Amherst teen