Body found believed to be that of missing Auburn woman, person of interest in custody

By WKTV News

AUBURN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Auburn Police say they found a body in a field off Dunning Avenue in Auburn late Wednesday afternoon - a body that matches the physical description of 29-year-old Katie Socci who was reported missing late Tuesday.

Authorities are currently waiting for confirmation from the medical examiner's officer that the body is, in fact, Socci and police say they do have a person of interest in custody and being questioned.

That person is being held on a violation of probation at the Cayuga County Jail.

Auburn Police were dispatched to 3 Swift Street in Auburn, the home of Socci at approximately 12:14 a.m. on June 15, 2011 after a concerned neighbor contacted police and requested that Socci's welfare be checked due to the fact that Socci's dog was outside barking, all the lights were off in her home and she was not answering her phone calls.

The neighbor felt that this was an uncommon occurrence for her to leave the dog outside. Upon Auburn Police arrival at Socci's home, no one answered the door and police were able to enter through an unlocked door.

Upon checking the residence for Socci she was not located in the residence but her infant child was found sleeping in an upstairs bedroom unattended.

Socci's vehicle was located in her driveway, and her keys and cell phone were located in the home. There were no apparent sign of a disturbance inside the home, however, Socci leaving her child unattended in the home is being considered suspicious in nature.

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