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Family of Colleen Meadow, woman’s murder case unsolved for 28 years, hopes for justice

As each year passed without an arrest, frustration grew for the family of Colleen Meadow. At times, they grew weary and doubted they would ever see an arrest. They sat done with NewsChannel 9’s Christie Casciano to share their story.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - As each year passed without an arrest, frustration grew for the family of Colleen Meadow. At times, they grew weary and doubted they would ever see an arrest. They sat done with NewsChannel 9’s Christie Casciano to share their story.

A 19-year-old bride, Colleen married a man who her family thought was perfect for her.

Opinions would slowly change. At age 27, Colleen was living on her own, deciding it was time to end her relationship with Ronald Meadow.

“She was not going back. It was hard for her because she didn't like to fail at anything. She stayed in the marriage longer than she should have and was making more friends,” said Colleen’s sister Nancy Moran.

Colleen was working towards her bachelor's degree at night, while excelling at her daytime job as a system's programmer at Niagara Mohawk.

But that all ended on March 5, 1985, the day she was found murdered in her North Side apartment.

Colleen's family would never be the same.

“When you lose someone to murder in your life, you think of your life as something before the murder and after,” Moran explained. “There's a big line, but hopefully this will be a line that will change things.”

Moran said Ronald Meadow never admitted he killed Colleen, and never denied it. But, Moran says he once told her that he had nothing to worry about.

She feared he was right.

“I hope that he has suffered over the years because all along we've known that he did it. In our heart we felt it. I hope it bothers him,” Moran said. “I hope that he is now going through what we have all gone through.”

While the pain may never go away, Colleen’s family said they now look forward to justice.

The family said it is now preparing to dig in for the next phase as the case advances through the criminal justice system.

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