Husband a ‘person of interest’ in wife’s homicide

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VILLAGE OF CANASTOTA — The missing teenager in Madison County is now a homicide investigation after her body was found off Main Street Sunday morning, according to law enforcement officials.

Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood confirmed on Monday that 19-year-old Elizabeth Garrow-McDonald was killed by “multiple” stab wounds, based on the autopsy results.

The cause of death was determined by the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“The manner of death was ruled a homicide,” Hood said on Monday. “The injuries were consistent with stab wounds.”

No arrests have been made so far in Garrow-McDonald’s death.

The teenager’s husband, 24-year-old George McDonald Jr., was taken into custody on an unrelated parole violation on Friday, in connection with a prior domestic dispute, authorities said.

George McDonald is a “person of interest” in his wife’s homicide, Hood stated.

McDonald is the only person of interest at this time, the sheriff noted. McDonald has requested an attorney. Elizabeth and George have a child together, the sheriff stated.

Authorities said Garrow-McDonald was last seen on Sept. 23 at the Dunkin Donuts on North Peterboro Street in Canastota. Her body was found alongside a bridge on Main Street about half a mile away.

“The response was massive,” Hood said about the search efforts for Garrow-McDonald. He thanked the various agencies and members of the public who assisted in the search.

Hood said the investigation is continuing with multiple leads being followed. “This is a bad outcome,” Hood stated.

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