[Updated at 6:40 p.m.] A man who had a relationship with college student Jenni-Lyn Watson was charged Saturday with second-degree murder after the discovery of a body believed to be hers, authorities in Syracuse, New York said.
A massive manhunt for the woman, who'd been missing since November 19, culminated with the discovery of what are believed to be her remains at 10:30 a.m. Saturday near Clay Central Park in North Syracuse, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office said.
Watson, 20, and Steven Pieper, 21, had dated on and off for 18 months, said District Attorney William Fitzpatrick at a Saturday press conference.
"Our indication is Ms. Watson desired this relationship to end in early October ... Apparently that message didn't get through to Mr. Pieper," Fitzpatrick said.
Authorities believe Watson was killed in her residence in Liverpool, New York on the morning of November 19 and that her body was taken to a heavily wooded area a couple miles away.
[Original post - 4 p.m.] A body discovered in a heavily wooded area near Syracuse, New York, is believed to be that of missing college student and ballerina Jenni-Lyn Watson, authorities said Saturday.
The remains were found by searchers at 10:30 a.m. near Clay Central Park in North Syracuse, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
More details were to be given at a press conference scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday.
Watson, 20, of Liverpool, New York, was last seen November 19 at her family's home, said Sgt. Robert Marshall of the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office. Watson was home on a Thanksgiving break from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Liverpool is a suburb of Syracuse.