Inside the Evidence: Homicide in the Finger Lakes

July 19, 2019 07:56 AM

OVID, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York State Police say a young woman was found naked with her throat slashed. It was the summer of 1985. A 20-year-old from Minnesota was in town visiting friends in Ovid, Seneca County. Decades have gone by with no arrests. 

Kristin O'Connell had been staying at a trailer behind the Golden Buck Restaurant on West Seneca Street. Around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 14, 1985, investigators say she decided to go for a walk alone. She was spotted walking barefoot along County Road 139.


Neighbors reported hearing a scream around midnight. When O'Connell didn't return from her walk, a search began. Her body was found two days later in a cornfield about a third of a mile from the trailer where she was staying. 

"I think this is a random crime of opportunity," New York State State Police Inv. George Grbic said. "Sexually motivated, and I think there was an attempt to sexually assault her. I believe she fought back, and I think ultimately, that led to the suspect, or suspects, getting enraged and killing her."

News10NBC's Nikki Rudd went back to the scene of the crime with Grbic. 

Coming up on News10NBC at 11, you'll hear the call made to troopers just days after the homicide. We'll explain why investigators think it could help catch the killer. 

If you have any information on who killed Kristin O'Connell call New York State Police at (585) 398-4300.

WEB EXTRA: Here's the story News10NBC aired the day her body was found. 

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Nikki Rudd

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