Martha Louise Allen

State Police continue to probe 1973 death of Oneida Castle woman

Published Dec 5, 2017 at 4:03pm

State Police continue to investigate the 1973 death of an Oneida Castle woman as part of its Cold Case Tuesday initiative.

On July 26, 1973, Martha Louise Allen was reported missing by her grandfather from their residence on  Ninth Street. Allen’s grandfather reported he had last seen her on July 25 at approximately 8:30 a.m., when he left the residence to go to the Syracuse area for the day. 

On Aug. 17, 1973, a boater on Black Creek, in the area of Verona Beach State Park, located a partially decomposed female body in the water. The body was later identified as Allen. 

At the time of her death, Allen was age 21, was 5-feet, 3-inches tall weighing about 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing red, white, and blue striped shorts, a lavender color tank top, and thick rimmed glasses. She had brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Allen’s death is asked to call state police at 315-366-6000.