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Leads from national airing keep investigators mostly local

By By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Investigators on the Kimberly Simon task force have received more than 50 leads after the Fox television show "America's Most Wanted" aired a segment on her murder Saturday night.

"We would categorize about a dozen of those as substantial leads," said Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara. "And right now my investigators along with the Utica Police Department's investigators are following up those leads."

McNamara was hoping the show would lead to a woman he believes may have witnessed Simon's murder.

"We believe there was a female at Three Bears the night Kimberly went missing and ultimately died that was sitting next to Kimberly," McNamara said. "That's the person that we're looking for."

Three Bears is a park-like area near the Sauquoit Creek in New York Mills where teens in the 1980s would sometimes hang out and have parties.

District Attorney McNamara said that most of the leads from the show point investigators in a direction they've already been heading. He said most of the leads are keeping them local right now.

Kimberly Simon's body was found in a field off Mohawk Street in Whitestown in September of 1985. Steven Barnes spent nearly 20 years in prison for her murder before new DNA evidence exonerated him in 2008.

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