$40K reward in 38-year-old missing person case

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CITY OF ONEIDA — A new $40,000 reward was announced on Thursday for any information leading to the recovery of Tammy Mahoney, a woman who has been missing since 1981.

The joint reward comes from the Oneida Indian Nation Police and the FBI, each one offering half the amount.

The reward is for information that leads to the recovery of Mahoney’s body and/or the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for her disappearance and death.

Mahoney, age 19, was last seen hitchhiking along Route 46 on May 8, 1981. Authorities said she was also spotted at a party on Oneida Indian Nation territory later that night. Authorities believe she was raped and murdered at the party.

Her body has never been found and no arrests have been made. New leads have come in through the years, leading to multiple searches in Madison County. On Thursday, FBI Special Agent James Hendricks said “recent events” led officials to believe there may be people with information about what happened to Mahoney, but he gave no specifics.

More information is available on the FBI’s website. Calls and tips can be placed with the FBI at 315-731-1781 or to the Oneida City Police at 315-363-9111.

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