Help needed to find killer of 45-year-old woman in Plattsburgh

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Authorities are asking for the public’s help in a murder investigation that has so far yielded more than a hundred leads but few answers.

Police say the killing of Monique R. Yanulavich, 45, of Plattsburgh, appears to have been a targeted attack. Authorities say it does not appear, at least from their investigation so far, that members of the general public are being threatened by the alleged murderer.

New York State Police based in Plattsburgh Barracks responded to a call at approximately 1:19 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2022 to perform a wellness check on Yanulavitch at his home at Five Westwood Drive in Plattsburgh, New York.

5 Westwood Drive in Plattsburgh, New York via Google Maps (July 2022)

5 Westwood Drive in Plattsburgh, New York via Google Maps (July 2022)

Along with members of Yanulavitch’s family, police scoured the area for hours before the woman was found dead in her car around 5:45 p.m. in the National Bank Champlain parking lot. The bank is located at 500 State Route 3 in Plattsburgh.

Champlain National Bank 500 State Route 3 in Plattsburgh, New York Photo credit: Google (image taken October 2021) via Google Maps (July 2022)

Champlain National Bank 500 State Route 3 in Plattsburgh, New York Photo credit: Google (image taken October 2021) via Google Maps (July 2022)

Following the body’s discovery, the NYSP said in a written statement, “This scene has been secured with the residence at 5 Westwood Drive. Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie and Clinton County Coroner Chad Deans, responded to assist in the investigation.” Other rescue workers also arrived at the scene.

According to the results of an autopsy conducted by Michael Sikirica at Glens Falls Medical Center on July 15, 2022, the NYSP states: “The cause of death was determined to be multiple stab wounds and the manner of death was ruled to be a homicide.”

No information has yet been released regarding the exact nature of the weapon used.

Law enforcement officials say the NYSP, NYSP B-Troop Forensic Identification Unit and partner agencies have so far investigated nearly 100 leads in the case, including processing evidence found on I-87 in Elizabethtown, New York. These partners include the City of Plattsburgh Police Department, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, the SUNY Plattsburgh Police Department, the FBI, the New York State Rangers, and the the New York State environment.

Police are asking members of the public to check their CCTV cameras for any suspicious activity that may have taken place between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2022. Areas of particular concern include areas of Plattsburgh near:

  • State Route 3 and Cornelia Street
  • wide street
  • Rugar Street
  • Westwood Drive

Police are also asking residents to report suspicious items found on their property or in trash cans and recycling bins.

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police at: (518) 563.3761.

Anonymous calls, emails and messages can also be left with Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers by dialing: 1-866-730-8477 (ADVICE)by visiting www.mohawkvalleycrimestoppers.com, or by using the P3 Tips Mobile App. All information received by Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers is 100% confidential.

[AUTHOR’S NOTE:   This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information received from the New York State Police.  Regardless of any statements or photographs regarding potential evidence presented or accusations alleged, the reader is reminded that all suspects and arrested persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.  At the time of this posting no additional information is available.]

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