Inside the Evidence: Mother found strangled in 1994

January 25, 2019 11:21 PM

ROCHESTER N.Y. (WHEC) --1994 was a deadly year in Rochester. 

Sixty-six people were murdered in the city. 


News10NBC is looking into one of those cases that remains unsolved 25 years later. A 32-year-old mother was found strangled to death. 

"She was strangled and left there," said Rochester Police Investigator John Brennan. 

The date was June 17, 1994. 

The partially nude body of Jandell Broadnax was found behind the former Greyhound bus station on Andrews Street. The area was being used by the City of Rochester for parking. 

"Several people while parking their cars saw the body covered up with a sheet with an arm sticking out," said Investigator Brennan. "They believed it to be a homeless person sleeping."

But she wasn't sleeping. The 32-year-old mother of one was dead.

She had been strangled to death.

This case happened at a time when women were on alert. Nearly 20 women had been killed in our area from 1989 to 1994. 

Investigator Brennan is working to solve this case. He says Jandell was involved in prostitution.   

"We're looking for justice," said Investigator Brennan. "She didn't deserve to die. She did not deserve to die regardless of her upbringing; her lifestyle." 

Just four years earlier, Rochester serial killer Arthur Shawcross was convicted of killing 11 prostitutes.

Around the same time as Jandell's murder, nearly 20 other women linked to prostitution or drugs had also been killed around Rochester. 

Some feared there could be another serial killer. Investigator Brennan discounts that theory in this case. 

"I'm not concerned right now that we had a serial killer," said Investigator Brennan. "My gut is telling me it probably had something to do with prostitution."

So who killed Jandell Broadnax? 

Investigators say she was known to hang out around the Cadillac Hotel and the Elk Hotel. 

"We're looking for anybody that may know her, may have seen something or may have heard something," Investigator Brennan said. 

News10NBC found out that evidence in the case has been resubmitted to the Monroe County Crime Lab, evidence that could help catch the killer.

Police also need people to come forward with any information.

Investigator Brennan's goal? 

"Find out who did it and make sure he's not available to do this to anybody else again," said Investigator Brennan. 

Anyone with information on this cold case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (585) 423-9300.


Nikki Rudd

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