Human remains found in car identified as Carol Wood

The remains found in a car removed from the Oswego River last week have been positively identified as being Carol L. Wood, of Oswego.

Oswego City Police Department and the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office received a positive identification from the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office relative the human remains recovered from the Oswego River in the city of Fulton June 12.

The vehicle that had been removed from the river also has been positively identified as the car Carol Wood was last seen in when she went missing in 1996.

Wood had been reported missing to the Oswego City Police Department on Tuesday Aug. 6, 1996. The family of Carol Wood has been notified.

A cause and manner of death has not been determined as of this time. The investigation is and will be, as it has for almost 18 years, continue to be open and active.

Janice Growe, of Oswego, Carol Wood’s sister, said Wednesday at a memorial for Wood at the site where her car was found that the investigation is still continuing on whether her sister met with foul play.

The Oswego City Police Department is requesting that anyone whom may have information relative this investigation to please contact the Criminal Investigation Division; Capt. Charles Tonkin at 342-8130 or Sgt. Damian Waters at 342-8266.

Those individuals wishing to remain anonymous may contact the confidential tip line at 342-8131 or email

The Oswego City Police Department would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, Fulton City Police Department and New York State Police for their assistance, past and continued, in this investigation.

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