On August 2, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced that her newly-created Cold Case Bureau, in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has successfully identified a woman who was found dead in Mount Vernon over 30 years ago, according to Yonkers Times.
The victim, formerly known as “Jane Doe Mount Vernon”, has officially been identified as Veronica Wiederhold.
On February 14, 1988 at approximately 11:54 a.m., in the area of 22 Carleton Ave. in Mount Vernon, Wiederhold was found dead and nude on the street by the Mount Vernon Police.
“The remarkable work by our Cold Case Bureau and law enforcement partners has granted one family the certainty and ability to mourn for their loved one after 33 years. A main goal of this Bureau is to give closure to families of homicide victims, and we know this is pain that never goes away,” DA Rocah told Yonkers Times. “I know firsthand that solving crimes is one of the best ways we can try to get closure to victims’ families.”
Wiederhold was last seen by her family in Brooklyn, NY in late 1987 before she was found dead.
The Jane Doe Mount Vernon cold case was one of the first cases in New York where the identity of a murder victim was determined through investigative genetic genealogy, a process that matches unknown victims to their relatives.
Anyone with tips regarding this case is asked to contact the Westchester District Attorney’s Office at 914-995-TIPS.