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M. Lisa Monroe - State Police Sgt. Rob Brown and DEC Capt. John Streiff announce the discovery of Kerry Young’s body. 

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Body of missing woman is found

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - Updated: 3:12 AM


For the Express

The body of a missing Central New York woman was located in the Town of Inlet by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers at approximately 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30.

An autopsy Thursday did not reveal why or how Kerry Young, 44, of DeWitt died in the woods in Inlet, but no signs of foul play were found.

Toxicology tests may reveal more.

The body of the 5-foot, 7-inch, 115-pound Central New York woman was located by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers. Young was found about a mile from her vehicle by two forest rangers conducting a ground search. Family members made the identification.

The body was found in a stand of conifer trees just inside the western entrance to the 83,000-acre Moose River Plains recreation area, between the Limekiln Lake - Cedar River Road and near Fawn Lake.

The Town of Dewitt Police Department issued a missing person alert for Young Monday evening, March 28, after her mother and employer Wolf Aviation reported her missing, according to DeWitt PD Chief Eugene Conway. She was last seen the previous Friday at about 4 p.m. at a Rite Aid near her apartment complex.

A clue to her whereabouts was found when local trapper and retired forest ranger Gary Lee noticed a sport utility vehicle parked on the entrance road to Limekiln Lake Campground Saturday, it was still there Sunday.

He notified Town of Inlet Police Department, which checked and confirmed the white Toyota RAV4 belonged to Young.

DEC forest rangers were contacted to lead the search, which began at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, March 29.

The same day a snowmobiler noticed tracks in the woods. He reported this to officials Wednesday morning after watching the news Tuesday night and learning someone had gone missing in the area.

Hamilton County Coroner Donald Townsend declared Young dead at the scene. Pathologist Juengen Lee performed the autopsy Thursday at Nathan-Littauer Hospital in Gloversville.

DEC Region 5 Ranger Captain John Streiff said it is too early to tell if foul play was involved in Young’s death.

The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Ray Brook is investigating.

The Limekiln Lake - Cedar River Road is a dirt seasonal road running between the towns of Indian Lake and Inlet. It is a major snowmobiling route during the winter and popular with campers, hunters and fishermen the rest of the year.

According to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, a message on Young’s Facebook page said she was probably going hiking. reports she also left a note for her roommate, saying she was going hiking, but in Lafayette, not Inlet.

She was known to be familiar with the Old Forge and Inlet—areas about 85 miles from her home. Relatives have property in the area, according to DeWitt PD Chief Conway.

Young and her husband had recently separated, Conway said, and they do not have children.

He also said her cell phone had not been used since Friday night.

Members of the State Police, State Police Aviation, the towns of Inlet and Webb police departments, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and Inlet Hose Company, Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue and other volunteers assisted the forest rangers.

Seventy to 100 people and a helicopter were involved in the two-day search, according to Streiff. The area where Young’s body was found is off the beaten path for this time of year, he said.

Cristine Meixner is editor of the Hamilton County Express.


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