Missing Woman’s Body Found
A good job, but a tough job that came to a grim end when an early morning search in Campbell turned up the body of a Hammondsport woman missing since Saturday.
August 31, 2012
Campbell (WENY) - A good job, but a tough job that came to a grim end when an early morning search in Campbell turned up the body of a Hammondsport woman missing since Saturday. The grid search was one last effort to find her. Search and rescue crews met just after dawn this morning to go over the plan to look for Melissa Sherry of Hammondsport. They found her body a little more than an hour into the search. A search dog came across her body in a field less than a half a mile from where she was last seen. Search teams used a grid approach. Steuben Undersheriff Ray Dell says some of the volunteers came all the way from New Jersey to help.
“Can't say enough about the volunteers that came here with their dogs, from two or three hours away. This area is noted for it's rattlesnakes and they still came here to find this person,” says Dell.
Bob Corneau a rattlesnake expert says, “On this hillside, I've documented a number of snakes, it's excellent Timber rattlesnake habitat, so they have to be careful.”
With the hillside filled with rattlesnakes in the midst of mating season, crews only had until noon to find Melissa, before the threat of rattlesnakes would be too dangerous.
Forty five people, several dogs and a State Police helicopter, all working together. Until one of the dogs found Melissa’s body less than a half mile away from the road.
“It's very overgrown very heavy and you could probably get a car down through there but it'd probably have to be a four wheel drive,” says Dell.
District Attorney Brooks Baker was on scene along with the County Coroner. Investigators are trying to determine if foul play was involved.
“We treat everything like a crime scene especially in a case like this that way we don't have to go back,” says Dell. “If we do it right the first time then we got it.”
The body was taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.