By Debra J. Groom
Family members of Carol Wood, who has been missing since August 1996, threw a wreath and a bucket of red and white roses into the Oswego River Wednesday where Wood’s car was found last week.
The human remains found in the 1993 red Toyota Corolla pulled from the river were positively identified Tuesday as being Wood, who was 30 when she was reported missing by her family on Aug. 6, 1996.
She had been at a business in Oswego Aug. 4, 1996, before she disappeared.
“We’re here to honor her memory,” said Wood’s sister Janice Growe, of Oswego.
Family members would not say if they believe Wood met with foul play. They are waiting for the police to make that determination.
They also did not call finding her car and remains “closure.” Instead they called it “a resolution to her whereabouts.”
“There are still many questions unanswered and I, we, my family, trust and have faith that we will find them,” said Alison Grunberg, Wood’s sister, of Poughkeepsie.
During Wednesday’s gathering on the banks of the Oswego River below Towpath Trail, family members hugged and talked to each other about Wood and what she meant to them.
Wood had a young son when she disappeared and her family remembered her as a “daughter, sister, mother, aunt and friend, Carol Larsen Wood.”
Grunberg talked about the work to recover the car found by canal workers June 12.
She thanked law enforcement for their work in bringing up the car and working to identify the car’s owner and the human remains found inside.
“This discovery marks one of the saddest days in our lives — the first being the day she went missing,” Grunberg said.
She also thanked everyone who had offered support to the family and prayed for Wood and thanked the news media “who have kept her alive — because of these efforts, she was not forgotten.”