Authorities to discuss breakthrough in 45-year-old unsolved Granby homicide


Staff Writer

Published: 03-03-2023 4:33 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A breakthrough in a 45-year-old unsolved homicide in Granby is expected to be announced at a Monday press conference.

The case is that of the “Granby girl,” an unnamed woman, believed to have been around 20 years old, whose body was discovered by loggers in the woods near Route 116 in 1978. She had been believed to have died between three months to a year earlier and had been buried in a shallow grave.

According to Gazette articles from the time period, the cause of death was determined to be a gunshot to the left temple, although the bullet, along with the woman’s identity, has never been found. She was later buried in a cemetery in Granby with a headstone reading “UnKnown.”

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne and Granby Police Chief Kevin O’Grady are expected to speak about the case at the press conference at the Granby Police Station on Monday.

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