Phone records released in St. Johnsville murder investigation

The Daily Gazette, out of Schenectady, is providing an update into the disappearance and murder investigation of a St. Johnsville woman.

Posted: Mar 25, 2019 7:12 AM
Updated: Mar 25, 2019 9:34 AM

ST. JOHNSVILLE, N.Y. -- The Daily Gazette, out of Schenectady, is providing an update into the disappearance and murder investigation of a St. Johnsville woman from last September.

The Fulton County District Attorney's office says Michaela Macvilla's cell phone records and those of her alleged killer proved crucial in the early investigation into her disappearance and murder. 

The records reveal, the final call from the 21-year-old's cell phone was made just minutes after she was last seen alive. That call was was to a cell phone owned by 45-year-old, Daniel Nellis Sr., who is the man now accused of shooting her to death and leaving her body in a Fulton County field.

Location data used on the two phones showed Nellis and Macvilla in the same vicinity at that time until Macvilla's phone stopped moving at a location on Mill Road in the Town of Oppenheim.

Macvilla was last seen walking home from the Stewart's Shop on West Main Street in St. Johnsville, after working the late shift on September 25, of last year.

Nellis was indicted in November on one count of second-degree murder, accused of shooting Macvilla with a handgun.

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