Greenwich police won’t give up on cold case murders
GREENWICH — Greenwich has a few unsolved murders on the books, and police said they are being investigated to this day.
“They’re still open,” said Greenwich police spokesman Lt. John Slusarz. “We do have an officer assigned to working cold cases in Greenwich.”
Unsolved murder investigations in Greenwich all date to the 1980s. Matthew Margolies, a 13-year-old boy from Pemberwick, was killed in 1984. In 1986, a murdered newborn baby was found by a trash hauler in central Greenwich. Local authorities were unable to identify the child or find its mother. Stamford resident Carrie Lee Mock was found murdered in Greenwich on July 19, 1981.
The department’s cold-case investigator, working on old cases in a part-time capacity, draws on a number of resources, Slusarz said. DNA technology is a primary tool, he said, but not the only one.
“We keep going back and talking to people. There are a lot of avenues to take,” he said.
The cold-case investigator has also been assigned to investigate the discovery of decomposed remains of a person found in Old Greenwich, near the Perrot Memorial Library on April 28, 2017.
The killing of Matthew Margolies shocked the community. He was last seen alive with a fishing rod on Aug. 31, 1984, apparently headed for the Byram River near his home in the Pemberwick section of town, before disappearing. When he failed to return home, a major search was launched, with helicopters, boats, dogs, scuba divers and state troopers scouring the area. Five days after he went missing, Matthew’s body was pulled from a partial grave on a steep hill near the river.
Police later said there were five suspects were considered, but no one has been charged.
In 1981, a 36-year-old mother Carrie Lee Mock was found a day after she went missing in Stamford. Her body was found on Maher Avenue in central Greenwich. An autopsy determined she had been killed by strangulation, with stab wounds in her neck as a contributing factor.
Another case still being investigated as a major case involves a murdered newborn found not far from Town Hall. The baby was a boy.
Slusarz said the department welcomed any tips on cold cases. The phone number is 203-622-3333, or send an email to Tips@greenwichct.org.
The Greenwich police often confer with the state’s cold-case task force, but the department does not have an officer assigned to the state organization.