A woman who vanished in 1966 might have just been found, but in unfortunately gruesome circumstances after police in Southold, New York unearthed skeletal remains at the house of her former lover.
Louise Pietrewicz of Cutchogue, ‘vanished without a trace’ in 1966, creating a 50- year old cold case that left police stumped.
But investigation into the former home of William Boken, a police officer in the Long Island town who Pietrewicz had been dating before she disappeared, unearthed the skeletal remains stuffed in a burlap sack through sonar equipment, nearly six feet deep in the house’s cellar.
Boken’s ex-wife, who was not named in the Inside Edition report, contacted investigators and guided them where to look.
Pietrewicz’s case was reopened largely in part to a story published by the Suffolk Times which took special interest in her disappearance.
Investigators discovered that Boken resigned and all but vanished as well after news of Pietrewicz’s disappearance first made the rounds.
Boken died in 1982, the report continued.
At the time of her disappearance, Pietrewicz also left behind an 11-year-old daughter, Sandra, who said that while Boken would never face any questioning from the law about his involvement in her disappearance, the possibility of the skeletal remains belonging to her mother was closure enough for her family, so that she could be properly laid to rest.
“It’s great finding her,” Sandra said, after she had to go through ‘years of crying’ and uncertainty.
According to 2016 data from the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC), there were 88, 040 ‘active’ missing persons recorded, with missing persons defined by the NCIC as missing under circumstances indicating they may be in physical danger, missing after a catastrophe, missing under circumstances indicating their disappearance was not voluntary, are under 21 and do not meet any of the aforementioned criteria, or are over 21 years old and do not meet any of the above criteria but for whom there is a reasonable concern for their safety.