Husband charged with murder after missing Canastota woman found stabbed to death

The husband of a Canastota woman who was reported missing, and later found dead, has been charged with her murder.

Posted: Oct 29, 2020 3:54 PM
Updated: Oct 29, 2020 11:09 PM

WAMPSVILLE, N.Y. (UPDATED) – The husband of a Canastota woman who was reported missing, and later found dead, has been charged with her murder.

George McDonald Jr., 24, was arraigned in Madison County Court on Thursday, Oct. 29, and charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal contempt and aggravated criminal contempt for violating an order of protection. He is also charged with criminal obstruction of breathing related to a separate incident that happened on Sept. 7.


George McDonald

He has pleaded not guilty.

Elizabeth Garrow-McDonald’s body was found in Canastota at the end of September, just days after friends and family had reported her missing. The Onondaga County medical examiner said Garrow, 19, was stabbed to death. An autopsy also confirmed she was pregnant when she was killed. Garrow also had a 1-year-old daughter, who was not McDonald's child.

Authorities said Garrow was last seen at a Dunkin' on Peterboro Street on Sept. 23. Her body was found half a mile away on Sept. 27.

McDonald was arrested on an unrelated charge on Sept. 25, while authorities were searching for Garrow, and has been held in the Madison County jail ever since.

Madison County Assistant District Attorney, Robert Mascari, said there are no other suspects in the case.

"We have absolutely solid, indisputable proof that they were together on Sept. 23 in violation of the order of protection," Mascari said. "From everything that they've shared with me, everything that I've reviewed, I feel very confident in saying we are not looking for any other suspects."

Family and friends of both the victim and her accused killer were in the court room during the arraignment.

"We all know he was the last person seen with her, nobody else was there," Emily Lloyd, Garrow's sister said. "He did it, that's it."

Another one of Garrow's sisters, Melissa Bush, spoke about how she felt when he walked into the court room.

"I was sick to my stomach," Bush said.

McDonald next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 11, 2021.

Mascari says a trial wouldn't be likely until mid-2021.

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