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Rangers find missing woman's body (3rd update)

Autopsy planned for Thursday

March 30, 2011
By MIKE LYNCH, Enterprise Outdoors Writer

INLET - Two forest rangers found the body of a missing Syracuse area woman Wednesday afternoon.

They found the body of Kerry Young, 44, of Dewitt, around 2 p.m., just inside the Moose River Plains' western gate, known as the Limekiln Entrance. She was in a stand of conifer trees between Limekiln-Cedar River Road and Fawn Lake, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Limekiln-Cedar River Road is the main road that connects the western and eastern gates to the Plains. It is a seasonal, dirt road that is used in the winter as a snowmobile trail. The Moose River Plains is a state recreation area popular in various seasons with snowmobilers, hunters, anglers and campers.

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State police Sgt. Rob Brown, left, and DEC Forest Ranger Captain John Streiff talk to reporters Wednesday outside the Inlet Volunteer Emergency Services Headquarters in Inlet.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)

Where Young was found is not a common place to go right now.

"I would say it's off the beaten path for this time of the year," DEC Region 5 Forest Ranger Capt. John Streiff said at a brief press conference in Inlet around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The location where her body was found is about a mile from where her sport-utility vehicle was found parked on Monday, reported by a trapper to Inlet town police. Streiff could not provide details about what Young had been doing after leaving her vehicle or what route she had taken to get to her final location.

"Where she went sightseeing in the woods or how long she was in the woods or how far, I can't tell you," Streiff said.

When asked if there appeared to be any foul play, Streiff said, "It's too early to tell. Let's see what the investigation brings."

Authorities did not immediately say how or when Young died and said that more information would be available once an autopsy is performed on her today. Investigators from the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Ray Brook are leading the investigation into her death but could not immediately be reached by the Enterprise.

Sgt. Rob Brown represented state police at the press conference but said only that "any further developments are going to be coming from Ray Brook-based BCI in conjunction with the Town of Dewitt Police Department. It's all dependent on the post-mortem and their further investigation."

Between 70 and 100 people and a helicopter were involved in the search, Streiff said. DEC forest rangers led the effort and were assisted by state police, including their aviation unit, the Inlet fire department, Inlet police, town of Webb police, the Hamilton County sheriff's office, members of Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue, and other volunteers.

Dewitt police issued an alert for Young on Monday evening after her mother and employer reported her missing. The Adirondack search began Tuesday morning.

Young was last seen near her apartment in suburban DeWitt Friday. A message on her Facebook page said she was probably going hiking. She was known to be familiar with the Old Forge and Inlet areas.

In recent weeks she had separated from her husband and moved out of his residence in Manlius, also near Syracuse.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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