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Police looking for more leads in Yolanda Bindics case

Yolanda Bindics was reported missing in August 2004, last seen in Jamestown. Her body was found by hunters 30 miles away in Sinclairville in 2006.

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is looking to the public to help them solve the murder of Yolanda Bindics.

Bindics, a mother of four children, was reported missing in August of 2004 and was last seen in Jamestown. Her body was found by hunters 30 miles away in Sinclairville in September of 2006.

Bindics was last seen leaving the Family Dollar store on Fluvanna Avenue in the City of Jamestown on August 10, 2004 around 8:10 p.m. 

Police said, at the same time, the father of Bindics' youngest child, Clarence Carte, walked out of a Kwik Fill store on Fluvanna Avenue and Washington Street. Carte is shown on surveillance video at the store.

"What this video or what this still photo does with from video is give people an opportunity to see what Mr. Carte looked like that night," Chautauqua County Sheriff's investigator Tom Tarpley said. 

Tarpley and senior investigator Tom Di Zinno are on the case. 

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"We're hoping putting that photo alongside Ms. Bindics and somebody who may have gone down that parking lot or going down Fluvanna Avenue may have remembered seeing them interact in some way and that will certainly further our investigation," Tarpley said. 

Investigators are looking to speak to anyone who saw or spoke to Carte between the hours 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, and 6 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004. 

Police are also looking for anyone that may have seen or spoken to Bindics between 8 p.m. Aug. 10, 2004, and 6 a.m. Aug. 11, 2004.

Jamestown Police listed Carte as a person of interest in the case, but he has not been charged. 

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Clarence Carte seen here in an interview he did on Bindic's disappearance.

Though it's been nearly two decades, investigators are confident someone could come forward and help solve this case, citing how allegiances change and witnesses also become more confident in coming forward.  

"Surprisingly to my partner and I with this case, we have garnered a lot of information in the last couple of months," Tarpley said. "Sometimes time can be your enemy. But sometimes, time can be your friend. And that's what we're finding in this case."

Last year, 2 On Your Side spoke with Jamestown Police Captain Robert Samuelson, who has been investigating the case for more than a decade.

"What we've done is we've been able to take some additional leads and go from there," he said. "We are still trying to connect some of the pieces that quite frankly don't make sense to us."

If you have any information on this case, you're asked to contact the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office Unsolved Crimes Unit at: 716-753-4578 or 716-753-4579.

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