November 27th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

Man arrested in death of missing college student

[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.

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[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.

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  1. dr badest

    The moderater must not be white

    November 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dr badest

    May god be with the families of both it has to be an awful feeling

    November 28, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Evie Garone

    How sad for the family! I hope they can grieve and move on. Lets hope that JenniLyn has gone to a better place! Don't & won'T even waste negative energy on poor excuses for humans who spread their bile!

    evelyngarone.com

    November 28, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LoveMyChildren

    So sad. Another human lost, another family suffers the unthinkable. Can't we just get along? God bless everyone who z suffering because of a senseless loss....RIP baby girl....

    November 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Brieske

    I knew he did it and I knew where her body was. I am tired of murders. It is obvious that lawmakers don't understand if a man would have been publicly executed immediately after receiving the death sentence (somewhere in this soon to be punished country) last month, then this talented beautiful young woman WOULD BE ALIVE RIGHT NOW! Instead she is sent to God and to Heaven.
    Pass this along: The game is up! I will give you 30 days to change the law to immediate public execution for those found Absolutely Guilty of Murder. Which is it going to be? Ending this enabling and being accomplices to murderers or severe punishment for failing to do as I say? The number is one million.
    Who am I? I am a very very unique person. I'm getting rid of at least 75% of future murders.
    Also, I'm in charge and I have much much more power.
    jim

    November 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Brieske

    Kate Purdy. It's pathetic and naive to think some self defense classes would have helped her or thousands of other women. If a man hits a female in the jaw, guess what? She's out cold.
    The problem is the death penalty must be carried out right after sentencing and in public. That's it. Make potential murderers know they will die immediatelty and in public.Your self defense is going to get women beat up first, then killed. I imagine if the woman pis/ses off the killer enough, it will be more horrific for her.
    My point is women are weak, no amount of self defence can stop a 250 pound guy. Best carrying maze and running. But sadly in this case, the victim underestimated the danger. No amount of self defense would have helped her.
    She was caught by surprise by someone who needs a bullet in his head immediately, followed by God casting him into Hell before the New Year.
    jim

    November 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • kirs

      Jim,
      You are wrong about the fact that no self defense will work if a man wants to hurt a woman.If you are prepared, and in this case, she may have been aware there was an issue with this guys mental stability, there are several techniques that will neutralize an attacker. (or kill, if neccessary), but you must be willing and able to follow through without hesitation. Females are taught this in the military, and should be taught this as civilians as well. The key is being situationally aware, so you are not taken off guard. Society has taught females to be helpless, basically, by teaching them to be polite and nurturing. Females have to be taught at an early age to be tough and to be aware. Then and only then, will things start to change.

      November 29, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. WooooW

    Wow, all I'd like to say is God bless the family and keep them in their time of grief...

    November 28, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. analogg

    Jim Brieske – how could you honestly state (as if it were a FACT) that all women are completely defenseless towards men? what about the women that beat their husbands? what about women that are professionally trained by the military to literally destroy an enemy. you're so ignornant, it's ridiculous.

    November 30, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kate Purdy

    I feel horrible for her parents. I hope her killer dies a slow death

    December 11, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Aina

    It was not racist to mention that large, national news agencies like CNN rarely publish stories about missing Black, Latino, Asian girls/young women. Don't get me wrong – sometimes non-Whites are covered in these types of crimes, and the Amber alerts, etc. are put out, which is great. But still, 99% of the cases thatget national media attention and alerts are about White women. If we went by the news, the only people in the U.S. who are ever kidnapped and killed are White women and girls.

    December 28, 2010 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Aina

    It was not racist to mention that large, national news agencies like CNN rarely publish stories about missing Black, Latino, Asian girls/young women. Don't get me wrong – sometimes non-Whites are covered in these types of crimes, and the Amber alerts, etc. are put out, which is great. But still, 99% of the cases that receive national media attention and alerts are about White women. If we went by the news, the only people in the U.S. who are ever kidnapped and killed are White women and girls.

    December 28, 2010 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. AustinGuy

    Hotty with a [dead] body

    January 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
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