State police: Headless, handless body found in Fishkill 42 years ago identified as NYC woman
A headless and handless body found in Fishkill 42 years ago was identified several months ago as a missing New York City woman.
New York State Police say investigators had been working for the last 42 years to identify the body but were unable to do so due to technological and forensic limitations.
However, an identifiable DNA sample was obtained by the FBI’s Investigative Genealogy Team, “in partnership with Othram, a private lab that specializes in cutting edge forensic DNA analysis. Funding was provided by the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.”
On May 26, the victim was identified as Anna L. Papalardo-Blake. She was 44 at the time of her death.
She was reported missing to the NYPD and was last seen March 18, 1980 “leaving her place of work, Vidal Sassoon, at 160 5th Avenue” where she was a receptionist.
State police are asking anyone with information about the case to call 845-677-7300. Use Reference No. 3020974.