FBI hoping to talk to owner of wallet dropped off in 1981; Could be related to disappearance of Tammy Mahoney

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — On Tuesday, the FBI held a press conference on the disappearance of Tammy Mahoney.

Mahoney was last seen in Oneida in 1981. The 19-year-old Morrisville State College student was hitchhiking south on Route 46 and was picked up and taken to a party on the Oneida Nation.

Oneida Police have previously say they believe she was attacked and murdered at or near the party.

On Tuesday, the FBI said they believe a person who turned in a wallet to the Oneida Police Department back in 1981 may have the information needed to solve the case. The FBI is looking to speak to the person who dropped it off, as well as the person the wallet belongs to. The FBI thinks the owner of the wallet may have been with Mahoney the night she disappeared.

We realize this was a long time ago but we have reason to believe this wallet was directly connected to this investigation. More specifically, we believe the owner of this wallet has direct knowledge of what happened the night and saw her the night of her disappearance.

Special Agent Thomas Relford, Albany Field Office

The FBI also wants to know where the wallet was found, as that could provide more information to the investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI’s Utica office 315-731-1781.

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