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Exclusive: Tip reignites search in Sodus Point for woman missing since 1991

May 20, 2018 09:35 AM

According to Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts, a search has been reignited in Sodus Point for Judith A. Geurin, an Albany-born woman who has not been seen or heard from since April of 1991.

The Sheriff confirmed to News10NBC that an investigation has begun near Margaretta Road as a follow-up of the missing person case as emergency responders, K9 units and search and rescue teams ascended on the trailer park. The Sheriff continued to say no other information will be released at this time as it could compromise investigative efforts. 

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The search focused on the thick woods, including college students assisting with the dig, heavy equipment brought in along with cadaver dogs and a search and rescue team which specializes in missing persons cases.

The search concluded around 4:30 p.m. with no word on what, if anything, was uncovered.

Sheriff Barry Virts told News10NBC, “With the cadaver dogs from Massasauga Search and Rescue we did have some hits by them, so that’s what were looking at right now." 

Our news partners at the Daily Messenger did a story on Geurin and her disappearance in 2016, the 25th anniversary of the case. The article, citing Geurin's daughter Amy Kusayway, says that Geurin, a resident of Albany County, became distraught after the death of her husband in 1988. Kusayway told the Messenger that her mother began to drink, and then ran off with a much-younger man named Curtis Pucci in 1990, settling in Sodus Point. 

Geurin, who would now be 72, is described in a missing person's poster as being five feet tall, weighing 170 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. She would have a scar on her right knee. Her last known address was on Margaretta Road, and she worked at the Franklin House in Sodus before her disappearance.

The last that Kusayway heard from her mother, according to the 2016 article, was in 1991 shortly before Geurin disappeared. Kusayway said that her mother told her that they had run out of money and Curtis was being "terrible to her." The Daily Messenger reported that deputies acknowledge there was a history of domestic violence in the household.

According to the 2016 Daily Messenger story, a search began for Geurin when she failed to appear for a court appearance for crimes she had been accused of committing. She was never found, although her personal belongings were found left behind at her residence. 

The Daily Messenger states that Pucci later ended up in state prison for assaulting a roommate with a hammer in Rochester, for which he served 14 years behind bars until his release. Kusaywa was quoted as being that he is a key piece in understanding what happened to Geurin. As of 2016, he reportedly lived in Schenectady. 

This is a developing story and we will update with more information as it becomes available. 

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