UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — In March of 2004, 17-year-old Ivory Green of Utica, was on her way home but never heard from again. Almost 16 years later, Utica’s Police Department is still actively investigating her disappearance.
“The case has been actively investigated. It has changed investigators hands due to retirements and things like that. It’s a case we still actively investigate, we’re still in contact with the victim’s mother on pretty much a weekly basis. We have really good, solid leads in the case and we have for a long time. It’s just one of those cases where we can’t find her and evidence hasn’t been presented to us or we haven’t located the evidence that would solidify a case for prosecution at this time.” – Lt. Bryan Coromato, Public Information Officer, Utica Police Department
When a person goes missing there’s two possibilites, they either ranaway or they were taken away. Investigators believe that Ivory was taken against her will.
“We do not believe that she ranaway, we do believe that there was other people involved. Other person or persons involved in her disappearance.” – Lt. Bryan Coromato, Public Information Officer, Utica Police Department
In the U.S. a person can be declared deceased when they’ve been missing for 7 years. No matter how much time passes there’s still a possibility that the missing person could be out there.
“Officially she was declared deceased but until you get closure and you physically have the person or your loved one back then you still hold out a little bit of hope.” – Lt. Bryan Coromato, Public Information Officer, Utica Police Department
Lieutenant Coromato encourages anyone with information to come forward and help solve this case.
“People need to think about Ivory’s mother who’s endured this for 16 years and the rest of her family and to help bring closure to that. Provide us with the information that we need and sit down with us and actually come clean with us.” – Lt. Bryan Coromato, Public Information Officer, Utica Police Department