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2017 murder in Ward NY still unsolved, case remains open


NYSP Senior Investigator Jed Murphy isn’t giving up

Michael T. Baldwin Reports

This weekend, more specifically July 3rd, will mark the fifth anniversary of the murder of Raymond Cornelius who lived on Wadsworth Hill Road in the Allegany County Town of Ward. On a holiday weekend in 2017, family members became concerned when they hadn’t heard from him. They drove to his home and discovered the body. The story was first reported exclusively on Wellsville Regional News (

When the crime was first reported, it was assigned to State Police Investigator Jed Murphy, who worked tirelessly on the case. However, Murphy was later reassigned to a different unit. In my annual call to Amity-based BCI, Jed answered the phone! Murphy, now Senior Investigator at Amity, will be back on the case. “This isn’t the news you want to hear, but I have no new breaking leads in the case,” Murphy said. He added, “we still have evidence pending at the State Police Lab in Albany, but it has been there a long time.”

On December 5, 2019 step-daughter JoAnne White posted on Facebook, “Do you have a murderer living near you?” An Investigator previously told us that the case “won’t go away until someone is in custody.”

Sr. Inv. Murphy told me today that he can’t offer promises, only that he won’t give up on the case.

The family issued this to Wellsville Regional News in 2019:

Authorities say the case remains on their radar…hoping it remains on yours.

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