The death of a 19-year-old Canastota woman who was reported missing since this past Wednesday has been ruled a homicide, authorities announced Monday afternoon.
Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood said at a livestreamed news conference the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed 19-year-old Elizabeth Garrow-McDonald died from multiple blunt force trauma injuries and stab wounds.
Hood also confirmed Garrow’s husband George McDonald Jr. was a person of interest in the investigation, which is still ongoing.
Garrow was missing since Sept. 23 when her body was found Sunday by a Madison County Sheriff’s deputy.
Garrow’s body was found on North Main Street, about a block away from the street where she was last seen at a Dunkin Donuts on North Peterboro Street in Canastota, Madison County Chief Assistant District Attorney Robert Mascari said earlier Monday.
McDonald was being held in Madison County jail on a probation violation related to a charge out of Oneida County and issued an appearance ticket for a misdemeanor criminal contempt after being arrested late last week, Mascari said.
McDonald has invoked his right to an attorney and his right to remain silent, Hood said at the news conference.
At the news conference, Mascari asked the public to not spread misinformation about the case on social media as the investigation continues.
In a previously livestreamed video, Hood said close to 100 people including 12 law enforcement agencies searched the area for Garrow.