UTICA, N.Y. - Utica police are searching for a missing woman in connection with a homicide investigation on Tilden Avenue, which was originally reported as a suspicious death.
Authorities say an 87-year-old landlord is dead, a man is hospitalized but in police custody, and his grandmother is currently missing.
Police are now actively looking for 90-year-old Katerine Aubain, who was last seen at her Tilden Avenue residence. Police responded to the home around 8 p.m. Sunday.
Aubain is considered an endangered party, and officials say they are making every effort to locate her.
Police say this all started Sunday night, when a 29-year-old man crashed his vehicle into a pole on Bleecker Street, and then was combative with responding firefighters. Police say the man involved in the crash, whom they are not yet identifying, was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center where he is in intensive care.
Police say they have not been able to talk to him yet, but they do say at the crash scene he muttered to firefighters before falling unconscious that he had killed someone in Utica. That admission led officers to an apartment in a two-family home at the corner of Tilden Ave. and Albany Street, where the man was living with his elderly grandmother, Katerine Aubain.
“We have an individual in custody. He is currently hospitalized for injuries sustained during the course of the motor vehicle accident. We wish to speak to him when he's better, and our main concern now is finding Ms. Aubain in good health. We have teams out there searching high and low - we put out statewide bulletins - and we disseminated of her photograph both publicly and privately to everyone we can," said Utica Police Sgt Michael Curley Monday morning.
Police say they did not find Aubain and are actively looking for her. A rather large search team of officers and canines gathered Monday afternoon in the parking lot of Buckley Pool in Utica, about a quarter of a mile from the crime scene.
They then searched the wooded area right behind that parking lot of Buckley Pool, but so far no sign of Aubain.
"The grandmother, Katerine Aubain, age 90 of Utica, is currently missing and currently considered in danger. Utica Police Department has disseminated a photograph of Aubain both in the media outlets, as well as on our Facebook page, and we are actively seeking her and hopes that we can locate her in good health,” said Curley.
Police say they did find the body of the 87-year-old woman, who owns the two-story duplex, in her own downstairs apartment. We’re told her body was mutilated, and there was evidence of the crime located a half-mile away, near the intersection of Albany Street and Pond Lane.
The deceased 87-year-old woman’s name has not been released. A neighbor says she had owned that home for a very long time and had a dog grooming business in her home until she retired several years ago. That neighbor says the woman told him she only rented out the upstairs of the home about a year ago to that 90 year old woman whos is now missing because she didn't want to be alone.
Utica police say they don't believe there is a danger to the public. The investigation is ongoing, but anyone with information is asked to call UPD at (315) 223-3510. All calls will be kept confidential.