Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Who killed Yolanda Bindics?

Fortunately, I am not the only one asking that question. The media around Jamestown, New York, ran stories on Yolanda a few weeks ago, around the anniversary of her disappearance. Someone out there must know something about what happened to Yolanda, and maybe the media coverage can help produce answers.

Here is one of the stories, from
Yolanda Bindics' family still hoping for answers
Published: Aug 3, 2007 at 7:08 PM EDT
Story Updated: Aug 3, 2007 at 7:07 PM
By Melanie Pritchard
The family of a Jamestown woman is renewing its
plea for help in solving her murder. Yolanda Bindics' body was found last
September after she'd been missing for a couple of years. Her sister hopes it
won't be much longer until a suspect is behind bars.

Nearly three years have gone by since Yolanda Bindics disappeared in
Jamestown...and it's almost been a year since hunters discovered her body in the
Town of Charlotte. Her sister is frustrated the killer is still on the loose,
but she remains hopeful. "Everything's not processed yet, everything's not done
and it's taken a long time," said Ann Chmielewski. Bindics' body was taken to
Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania to be examined by forensic
pathologists. It's unclear what, if any, DNA evidence has been recovered.
Chmielewski wonders why DNA tests were so quick to come back in other
high-profile Altemio Sanchez. "In fact, it kind of surprised me
when I was watching the news and they said 'Well, we expect that evidence to
come back within the next week or two' and I was kind of floored by that."

"We've narrowed our scope in particular areas and a particular person,"
said Jamestown Police Det. Lt. Todd Isaacson last September, shortly after
Bindics' body was found. At least two persons of interest had been named --
former Jamestown Police officer Michael Watson, who allegedly had a relationship
with Bindics and Clarence Carte, the father of her youngest child. So far, no
charges have been filed..

After all of this time, Yolanda Bindics' family still has not been able to
hold a funeral for her. They want to bury her body and go to a cemetery to pay
their respects. "Mother's Day has passed again. Her children couldn't go see
her. We can't really start to heal until we have a funeral and the person's
arrested," said Chmielewski. She still hopes someone will come forward with the
information police need solve her sister's murder. "We're pretty confident
somebody knows something. Not just the killer."

Michael Watson sued the Jamestown Police Department for defamation. The
suit was dismissed earlier this week but his attorney said they plan to appeal.
A longer story on Michael Watson's suit can be read at
Police are not releasing exactly how Yolanda died, but they have said her death was a homicide. Yolanda's remains are still at a lab in Pennsylvania, in hope that they can yield more clues. The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for "information leading to the arrest and conviction of" Yolanda's killer. Crimestoppers is also offering a $1,000 reward.
If you know who killed Yolanda, please call the FBI at (716) 484-7085, the Jamestown police at (716) 483-TIPS, or Crimestoppers at (716) 856-5600.
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