SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The FBI has released new information they believe could help close the case of a missing SUNY Morrisville student from 39 years ago.
19 year-old Tammy Mahoney went missing on May 8, 1981. Police say she had just attended a party on Oneida Nation land. It's believed she was raped and murdered. The FBI announced today that on May 15, 1981, one week following her disappearance, someone anonymously turned in a lost wallet to Oneida City Police.
Investigators stress this person is not in any trouble, but the FBI is very intersted in what that person has to say about the wallet.
"We realize this was a long time ago, but we have reason to believe it was directly connected to this investigation." says Special Agent in Charge Thomas Relford. "More specifically we believe the owner the wallet has direct knowledge of what happened that night and saw her (Tammy) the night of her disappearance. The precise location the wallet was found and other details provided is critical to our investigation."
The FBI is asking that the person who turned in the wallet or anyone that knows the person who turned in the wallet should call 315--731-1781.
There is a $40,000 reward still in place, $20,000 from the FBI and $20,000 from the Oneida Nation.