When Marilyn Simons’ body was discovered sprawled in the front seat of her car on a wooded Long Island road, police were stumped for leads. Four decades later, they still are. The 40-year-old widow had last been seen the day before, when she visited her pregnant daughter before going shopping for a cradle for her first grandchild. Hours later, on April 24, 1966, she was found strangled and stabbed.
Generations of detectives have worked the case, among at least 400 unsolved Long Island homicides over the last five decades, reports Newsday. Buoyed by advances in evidence collection and DNA testing, survivors of some victims are now asking investigators to renew their probes. “It’s just so many years,” said Linda Greco, Simons’ daughter, “and nothing. There’s got to be something that was overlooked.”