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Stumbling upon murder

Police Lt. presents 75-year-old murder mystery

— “I went to [archives] to pull it up but there was nothing to see. While I was down there I looked at the oldest box and the first case I saw is the Parillo murder,” said Veitch. “I took a quick look at it and realized it was the same story as my grandfather’s story.”

The city doesn’t have boxes of sensational murders and cold cases lying around archives, said Veitch. There are only two cold cases in Saratoga Springs—the case of missing child Tammie McCormick and the murder of Sheila Shepard.

“Tammie McCormick, that one always stays in the back of someone’s mind as they work,” said Veitch.

McCormick was the 13-year-old girl who went missing in April 1986 after missing her bus to school and telling her sister she would hitchhike there instead. She never arrived.

Shepard was a 22-year-old woman found naked and dead in her bed in 1980. Her case has never been solved.

“We do have occasional contact with both families,” said Veitch. “In the meantime, active cases always take precedence over cold cases.”

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