On December 10, 1976, 81-year-old George Clarence Seitz left his home in Jamaica, Queens, and went for a haircut. He was never seen again.
Seitz, a World War I veteran, once went to a barbershop owned by Martin Motta, where he worked regularly. Seitz is also known to carry large sums of money with him, a factor that may have played a role in his disappearance.
While Seitz was reported missing five days later, it took more than 40 years to close the case.
The first real break in case came in March 2019, when someone called the NYPD with advice about a killing that happened in 1976. Authorities believe the witness may have been threatened, and that’s why they kept quiet for years.
Follow New York Daily News, a woman (probably the caller, though unidentified) was 11 years old when she said she had seen the aftermath of a brutal murder at a barbershop. Her mother was dating Motta at the time, and later in the day the woman said she had seen Motta with several black trash bags in his property.
Sleuth fragmented remains – a pelvis and part of a torso – were found buried under the concrete behind a home in Richmond Hill, but that’s just the beginning.
“Since then, the NYPD has been—on real Herculean missions to locate remains that have been buried for at least 45 years, and almost miraculously, they succeeded in that task,” said Assistant Queens District Attorney Dan Saunders said, following to CNN.
After taking samples, testing DNA and determining the background, the head of the medical examination department could not find any relatives.
The FBI was eventually able to access their database and find several potential relatives, who were tracked down and examined to positively identify the remains as Seitz’s.
“The officers of the NYPD Detective Bureau, its Homicide and Cold Case teams, and its highly trained forensics units, never forget and never give up,” said Commissioner. NYPD Dermot Shea said, according to a newspaper report, Queens District Attorney’s Office.
“Once again, this case shows that no matter how much time passes, our police officers and partners at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office make an unwavering, decades-long commitment to , to establish justice for crime victims and their families in New York City.”
“We hope the identification of the remains and the indictment in this case will begin to bring peace and closeness to his loved ones,” added Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.
“This indictment is an example of how police and prosecutors work together to bring individuals accused of crimes to justice, no matter how much time passes or how many obstacles are placed. on our way.”
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