The Mysterious Murder Of Syracuse Teen Remains Unsolved

While the nation was focused on The New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens playing in Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa, Florida, a young woman in Syracuse, New York, met a violent end.

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On Super Bowl weekend in January 2001, 18-year-old Jill-Lyn Euto was found stabbed to death in her apartment. It’s been 23 years since her mother made the horrific discovery, and Jill-Lyn’s killer has never been found.

Jill-Lyn had recently moved out of her mother’s home and was on her own and working two jobs to make ends meet while she carved out a life for herself. Eventually, Jill-Lyn wanted to become a paramedic. Her sixth floor apartment was at 600 James Street in Syracuse, a brick building in the Near Northeast neighborhood.

According to a CNY Central article, Jill-Lyn had planned to go to her mother’s nearby Butternut Street home to watch the football game on Jan. 28, 2001 but she never showed up. When Jill-Lyn’s mother, Joanne Browning, couldn’t get ahold of her, she grew worried. Her worry only grew when she heard Jill-Lyn missed work the next day so she went over to her apartment.

When she entered the apartment, she found her daughter dead of multiple stab wounds and a cut to the neck, according to Police responded, but it was too late. Jill-Lyn had been dead for some time, and there were very little clues left at the scene.

There have been numerous theories about who the killer was and whether or not it was someone she knew, but detectives were never able to make an arrest despite years of efforts and countless interviews. The case grew cold, but as investigators kept digging, the case file grew to be one of the largest the Syracuse Police Cold Case Squad had. The case is still open today.

Jill-Lyn’s mother died in 2007 without ever finding out who killed her daughter.

If you have any information about the death of Jill-Lyn Euto, contact the Syracuse Police Department Cold Case Squad at (315) 442-5234 or by e-mail at Tips can remain confidential.

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