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Husband is person of interest in homicide of missing Canastota wife

Tom Magnarelli
WRVO Public Media
Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood speaks to reporters on Monday.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a body found over the weekend is 19-year-old Elizabeth Garrow-McDonald of Canastota, who went missing last week. An autopsy by the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death a homicide.

Sheriff Todd Hood said Garrow-McDonald’s body was discovered by a sheriff’s deputy, who grew up in the area, while he was on patrol. There were multiple stab wounds.

“This is a bad outcome,” Hood said. “We got some closure to it in finding her. Now, the investigation is going to keep pushing forward so justice can be done.”

Madison County Chief Assistant District Attorney Bob Mascari said the investigation is far from over. He’s asking the public to stop posting what he said is wildly inaccurate information on social media, which hinders the investigation.

“We have to be very careful about what we say and how we say it and not further inflame and further lead to baseless speculation,” Mascari said.

The victim’s husband, George McDonald Jr., is a person of interest in the case. Elizabeth was last seen with her husband at a Dunkin Donuts in Canastota on Wednesday. The sheriff’s office has interviewed George, who invoked his right to an attorney and is remaining silent. He’s being held in jail for a violation of probation.

Tom Magnarelli is a reporter covering the central New York and Syracuse area. He joined WRVO as a freelance reporter in 2012 while a student at Syracuse University and was hired full time in 2015. He has reported extensively on politics, education, arts and culture and other issues around central New York.