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New York State Police seeking info on 1973 ‘Double Initial’ murder victim Wanda Lee Walkowicz, 11

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State Police are again looking for leads in the unsolved “Double Initial” murder cases.

On Tuesday, the State Police sent out an advisory, asking the public for any information about the April 1973 killing of Wanda Lee Walkowicz.

Walkowicz was one of three young homicide victims whose first and last name began with the same letters . The others were Carmen Colon, killed in 1971, and Michelle Maenza, who was also killed in 1973.

All three were strangled.

The homicides were dubbed the “Double Initial murders” or “Alphabet murders.”

In its request for leads in the Walkowicz homicide, the State Police noted: “On April 2, 1973, at about 5:15 p.m., Wanda Lee Walkowicz, 11, of Avenue D, Rochester, was sent to the corner grocery store by her mother. Wanda Lee made it to the store, purchased several items but never made it home. Walkowicz was last seen walking home from the store.
“On April 3, 1973, at approximately 10:15 a.m. State Police located Wanda Lee’s body at a rest area off of State Route 104 in Webster, New York.

“An autopsy revealed the victim had been strangled with a ligature, and also sexually assaulted.”

If anyone has information, he or she is asked to contact Rochester Area Crime Stoppers at 423-9300. You may be eligible for a reward. You can also call the State Police Troop E Headquarters direct at (585) 398-4100.