Multiple local and state law enforcement and investigation organizations publish statistics on the number of murders in New York by year on their websites. In addition to local and state organizations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation posts an annual Uniform Crime Report which primarily focuses on outlining the kinds of crimes and crime data figures for most cities and counties within every state, in addition to several different sorts of information per state. In addition to the FBI, local law enforcement agencies in New York provide several similar resources, and Project: Cold Case provides the public with a comprehensive page on the unsolved homicide statistics in each U.S. state, as well as a growing database with the basic information for nearly 25,000 cold cases.
As previously mentioned, in recent years, Project: Cold Case partnered with the Murder Accountability Project in order to create a comprehensive list of unsolved homicide statistics for each state in the U.S. According to this report, from 1980-2019, there were around 77,534 homicides in New York. Since then, approximately 47,218 of those murders have been solved or seen some form of resolution, currently leaving the state with around 30,316 unsolved murders in New York as of the data’s latest update.
Along with the database provided by Project: Cold Case, there are several additional lists and databases for unsolved homicides and missing people in New York. Some examples of the many unsolved murders in northern New York which can be easily found within numerous databases/lists include some unsolved northern New York murders, including the 1984 murder of Dawn Andrea Svocak, the 2007 murder of Linda Holgerson, and the 1976 murder of Carol Ann Ingham, among others. Other examples of cases that are often included are unsolved central New York murders, which include the 1985 murder of Kristin O’Connell, the 2018 murder of Tonya “Kita” Harvey, the 1999 murder of Suzanne “Sue” Pitcher, and the 1984 murder of Robert Darling, Jr., along with many others.
The 2014 murder of the Chen Family, the 1959 murder of Ruth Ann Whitman, and the 1991 murder of Edward “Mitt” Croley, as well as the 1998 disappearance of Suzanne Lyall and the 1981 disappearance of William “Willie” Woolheater are examples of unsolved murders in Albany County, New York, and unsolved murders in Albany, New York, that you may also find within the same lists or databases.