Nanette Gordon, a pathologist working as an intern for the Onondaga County Medical Examiner, was suffocated to death in her DeWitt apartment in 1985. Now after 30 years we’re learning new, never-before-shared details on the main suspect.
The doors to her DeWitt apartment on Croyden Lane were locked, there were no signs of forced entry, and only one small sign someone may have been in her apartent — a plant knocked over in her bedroom.
Investigators were convinced someone had manipulated the scene.
Weeks before her murder, Gordon had told friends she thought someone had been in her apartment. She had found things like her underwear moved around.
Focus shifted to the building’s maintenance worker who had a key to the apartment. The man denied hearing or knowing anything, but the man’s mother — who lived with him — gave an entirely different account of the night of the murder.
District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick believes that a caller who notified 9-1-1 may have the key to solving the cold case.
“We’re hoping that person, if she is still alive, would come forward at this point because there’s no reason for her to testify. We would just like to give the Gordon family the peace of knowing that the person, the perpetrator who killed their daughter, is deceased,” Fitzpatrick said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office at 315-435-3051.