State police make plea for tips in 1973 cold case

April 23, 2019 12:42 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York State Police continue to investigate a 46-year-old cold case on the homicide of a young Rochester girl.

On April 2, 1973, 11-year-old Wanda Lee Walkowicz, who lived on Avenue D, was sent to the corner grocery store by her mother. She made it to the store but never made it home. 


The next morning, state police found her body at a rest area off of State Route 104 in Webster. An autopsy revealed the girl was strangled and sexually assaulted. The case remains unsolved.

Earlier this year, News10NBC's Nikki Rudd took you inside the evidence of the Double Initial murders of Walkowicz and two other young Rochester girls -- Carmen Colon and Michelle Maenza. Their bodies were dumped in or near a town that started with the same initial as their first and last names. 

WEB EXTRAS: Archives: News10NBC's 1973 report on Wanda Walkowicz | Clues in Wanda Walkowicz murder

Click here to watch News10NBC's past stories on these murders. 

Take a look at the interactive map that traces the last steps of each victim.

Anyone with information on the murders is urged to call state police.


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