MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBS 2/1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — Recent Facebook postings led cops to open up an unsolved Long Island crime from the ‘80s.
Nassau police monitoring a Facebook site dedicated to the Hot Skates Roller Rink discovered frequent and unusual chatter about the unsolved Kelly Morrissey case, CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reports.
“They’re not giving us direct leads of who might be involved, but because of this chatter we are hoping there is someone out there who does have some direct connection to this,” said Det. Lt. John Azzata of the Nassau Homicide Squad.
Morrissey disappeared without a trace on the night of June 12, 1984 after rollerskating with friends at the rink in Lynbrook.
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The owners of the rink are still so shaken about the unsolved crime of 15-year-old Morrissey that going through it again seems even worse.
“It’s a very painful thing for us to have to do this. We’ve been through it twice. Not going through it a third time,” the owner said.
Morrissey wasn’t the only teenager to go missing in the safe suburban setting 26 years ago. Two of Morrissey’s friends also vanished.
First it was Morrissey, then five months later Theresa Fusco’s body was found dumped in a Lynbrook Ravine with signs that indicated she was strangled. Four months after that, Jackie Martarella was also strangled and discovered at the Woodmere Golf Course.
Sy Entin, who owns a business across the street from where Morrissey disappeared, and others in the community are hopeful.
“It was just the talk of the town for so long. Oh yes for months there was a police wagon that stayed here investigating,” Entin said.
The very last place Morrissey was seen alive was a Shell Station about 10 blocks from the roller rink on Merrick Road.
The station owner Bruce Kyriakou said he wants the case solved for the parents’ sake.
“Having a child missing –I would be miserable for the rest of my life,” Kyriakou said.
Morrissey’s family moved to Vermont because the pain was too much.
Police are hoping that the commentators on the Facebook page may be willing to come forward with clues.