NY NY - Flossie Wilbur, 75, Angelica, 24 Aug 1985

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  1. JusticeWillBeServed

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    Flossie Wilbur would regularly go to the Village Market to pick up her newspaper. In late August of 1985, the newspapers started piling up which prompted a concerned employee to contact police. Investigators went to her residence where they found the back door unlocked and her car was still in the driveway. Recently bought groceries were sitting on the counter but besides that, no other evidence was discovered. Interviews with friends and neighbors revealed that she hadn't been seen since August 24th, about a week earlier.

    31 years later, Flossie is still missing. There's no evidence of foul play or that she left on her own accord.

    Cold Case Tuesday: State Police feature Flossie Wilbur case

    Flossie Wilbur vanished while emptying her car of groceries - March 2010

    Groceries only sign of Western NY woman who vanished 31 years ago, troopers say

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    In the evening of August 31, 1985, a clerk at Village Market in Angelica, NY, reported Ms. Wilbur had not picked up her newspapers for the last week.

    A Sergeant with the Angelica Police Department checked with neighbors and acquaintances, who reported no one had seen Ms. Wilbur since the previous Saturday, August 24, 1985.

    The Sergeant went to the Wilbur’s residence at 96 West Main St. Angelica, NY and observed Wilbur's 1985 Ford Escort in the driveway. The Sergeant found an unlocked rear door and entered the kitchen area of the residence. He was then called to an accident and left the residence.

    Approximately two hours later, the same Sergeant returned to the residence with the then Angelica Police Chief. The residence was checked with no signs of Wilbur. It did appear that she had recently purchased groceries as they were observed on the counter in the kitchen. The exterior of the residence was also checked with no signs of foul play noted.

    On September 2, 1985, the case was reported to the New York State Police and assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. A full investigation was launched that included forensic examination of the Wilbur residence and its contents, as well as the adjacent property. No evidence was developed, and no sign of Ms. Wilbur was found.

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    I think I'm going to start obsessing with this case!!--- I live in this county.
    Going to look into getting a picture too!!!
    Thanks for bumping. So little out there on this!
     
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    Published August 23, 1992

     
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    http://buffalonews.com/1992/08/23/v...ht-up-until-the-last-time-she-was-seen-alive/
     
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    [FONT=&quot]September 18, 1985
    [/FONT][h=1]Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page 5[/h][FONT=&quot]Partial OCR Text:

    Case of missing Angelica woman reads like a mystery

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    OCR text Democrat and Chronicle Rochester NY Sept 18, 1985:

    Case of missing Angelica woman reads like a mystery perintendent who dons his uniform as head of the part-time, two-man police department on nights and weekends. Angelica school teacher Pete Johnson is the other officer. "It's like something out of Alfred Hitchcock," Fleming said. He started the lengthy investigation Aug. 30, when Trudi Gosper, an employee at the Village Market, told him Wilbur had failed to pick up her daily newspaper for six days. "I'd like to know where she is. I'd like to know what happened," Angi White said yesterday. "This always has been an easy-going, little town,"
    said a companion, Her disappearance is almost as strange as the woman the townspeople described as disagreeable and cantankerous. "She was a loner, but I think she was lonely," said Grace Spangler, manager of the Angelica Post Office, where Wilbur and the village residents pick up their mail. "Even though she was a loner, it's a shame for a poor lady to disappear. It's strange, though. She did nasty little things. She was different." . Paul Gallman at a nearby hardware store said most people didn't know Wilbur and those who did usually avoided her. "She's still listed as a missing person," said Police Chief James Fleming, the Angelica town highway su Flossie Wilbur gone 24 days, clues lead police to dead end By Dick Eisenhart Democrat and Chronicle ANGELICA The disappearance of Flossie Wilbur has all the ingredients of an Alfred Hitchcock mystery. A new car parked in the driveway with rotting groceries inside. An unlocked house and a half - eaten meal on the kitchen table. Wilbur, 75, has been missing 24 days. She was last seen buying groceries at a village market on Aug. 24.


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    According to public address records Flossie's date of birth is 10 Sep 1909.
     
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    Oops. We both posted


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    No Worries, Coffee56. I attempted to unscramble the text in mine. It gets jumbled because of the columns in the original.

    I'm working on Flossie's genealogy. I think I have found marriage records and her parents names.
    Will post later tonight once I have more info to verify this is her. For now I'll just say-- If I'm right-- Wilbur is her maiden name and she went back to using it after her marriage ended.
     
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    July 8 2020
    State Police follow cold case lead to Almond
    ''ALMOND — A New York State Police team is searching an area in the Town of Almond near the Almond dam, following a new lead in a cold case, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

    Marked and unmarked trooper vehicles lined Route 21 near Webb’s Crossing Road Wednesday afternoon. A field on the creek side of the road had been mowed clear of weeds, and a white tent was set up about 100 yards from the road. State police investigators conferred near the tent.

    Perhaps the most mysterious Allegany County cold case is the August 1985 disappearance of 75-year old Flossie Wilbur, who vanished from her W. Main Street home in the Village of Angelica, leaving behind her car and all her possessions.

    Social media posts in recent days have linked the State Police search in Almond to the Wilbur case. A Steuben County law enforcement source who is not involved with the current search told The Spectator that investigators are following up on a tip on that case.''
     
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    David Sherk has confessed to Flossie's murder. He was her neighbor. He has terminal cancer and made a "deathbed" confession. He is still alive but may possibly not be charged due to his condition.

    Wellsville Regional News (dot) com: The Flossie Wilbur story

     
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    Photo in newest article published Jul 8, 2020

    ‘Where’s Flossie?’ solved as neighbor admits to alleged murder


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    A 35-year-old cold murder case of Flossie Wilbur is finally solved.

    Wilbur, who would be 110 if she was alive today, has been missing since Aug. 24, 1985 in Angelica, N.Y., when all police could find were her groceries in her car.

    A search for her remains continues today near Almond, N.Y. after an alleged “death bed” confession from a neighbor who said he killed her.

    David Sherk, a neighbor of Wilbur, is in a medical facility in Wyoming County, N.Y. with terminal cancer and allegedly confessed to the crime, several police sources confirmed. It appears he will not be charged because of his condition and cooperation with where the body is possibly buried, police said.

    The New York State Police searched an area Wednesday and did not find any remains. The area near the Almond Dam has been flooded many times over the years.

    ‘Where’s Flossie?’ solved as neighbor admits to alleged murder
     
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