Remains Found ID as Missing Amherst Teen

12:20 PM, Jul 21, 2012   |    comments
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Nancy Jo Scamurra

AMHERST, NY-- A torso found in Lake Ontario nearly three decades ago has been identified as an Amherst teen who disappeared in 1984.

Officials from Amherst Police and Oswego County Sheriff's office say a torso found in Lake Ontario July 14, 1984 was identified through DNA as being Nancy Jo Scamurra, a 14-year-old girl from Amherst who was last seen by her family July 2, 1984.

The Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy and determined the body was a murder victim. Since 1984, the headless torso was unidentified.

Oswego County Sheriff's Investigators asked the FBI to recover DNA from the remains and compare them to DNA from missing persons or family members in the DNA Index system.

Officials are not saying why detectives sought to obtain DNA from family members of Nancy Jo Scamurra for comparison with the torso, however, they did and it confirmed that the body recovered in 1984 is that of Scamurra.

She was last seen leaving her Scamridge Curve home in Amherst, NY. Police said at the time the teen had a disagreement with a sibling.

Police are now investigating and looking to find out who murdered the teen.  Oswego County Undersheriff Gene Sullivan told reporters at a press conference with Amherst Police by his side, "we're looking at everything. We're not closing off any avenue. We're not turning down any leads or discounting anything or any information that anyone might have, everything's on the table," he said.

Anyone with information should contact the Oswego County Sheriff's Office at (888) 349-3411 or email


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