Sch'dy DA: 1995 cold case solved in the murder of Suzanne Nauman
SCHENECTADY, NY (WRGB) The Schenectady County District Attorney, Schenectady Police Department and New York State Police announced Monday that a 22-year-old cold case in Schenectady had been solved.
"I was there that morning and still vividly remember the scene," said Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney.
Carney said that it was May 30th, 1995 and the body of 17-year-old Suzanne Nauman was found on the edge of the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course with a shoe lace tied around her neck. A sneaker, matching that lace, was found in the woods nearby.
Carney said that Nauman's boyfriend at the time was originally a suspect. But he was never prosecuted for her death. Carney said the evidence just didn't add up.
On Monday, Carney announced that the evidence points to someone else.
"We conclude that Stanislaw Maciag murdered Suzanne Nauman," said Carney.
Carney said the Maciag was arrested in 1996 after the body of Phyllis Harvey was found badly decomposed on the porch of Maciag's former home. Carney said a rope was tied around her neck.
The DA said that both victims were battling drug addiction and were engaged in prostitution at the time, which is how investigators believe they came in contact with Maciag.
Carney said that Maciag was held on a probation violation as investigators worked to build a case against him, for the murder of Harvey. Before he could be prosecuted, he took his own life.
"Before taking his own life he reportedly told another inmate 'I've done a lot of bad things, and I have to pay,'" said Carney.
The link between Maciag, Nauman and Harvey was recently made by investigators with fresh eyes. Carney said that living relatives of Maciag's voluntarily gave police DNA samples. There was enough of a match, to DNA that was found under Nauman's fingernails, to get a warrant. Maciag's remains were exhumed and examined and Carney said, the DNA matched.
“The reason we can close this case is because a 17-year-old girl, fighting for her life, buried her fingernails in the skin of her murderer and gave us the evidence of his guilt all these many years later. She lost that struggle for her life but in so doing she revealed to us her killer,” said Carney.
Carney said that Maciag was on probation at the time of his 1996 arrest for pleading guilty to sexual abuse in a 1992 case. He said that a rape case was also pending against him for another victim. Carney said that investigators believe Maciag had a total of four victims, two who survived.