Prosecutors in Nassau County are asking for the general public’s assist in discovering household of one of many girls murdered by ‘Occasions Sq. Killer’ Richard Cottingham.
Maria Emerita Rosado Nieves, 18, was strangled and her physique was found Dec. 27, 1973, in a weeded space close to a bus cease on Ocean Parkway at Jones Seashore.
On Monday, 49 years later, Cottingham, 76, admitted in courtroom to killing her and three different girls in 1972 and 1973 in Nassau County. He additionally pleaded responsible to the 1968 homicide of dance instructor Diane Cusick on the Inexperienced Acres Mall in Valley Stream.
Whereas kinfolk of victims Cusick, Laverne Moye, Sheila Heiman and Mary Beth Heinz had been within the courtroom, authorities have but to search out kinfolk of Nieves.
“You need to know: Did she have anybody? Was she on their lonesome? And is there anybody on the market mourning her that we are able to no less than give the closure of what occurred to her?” Nassau District Lawyer Anne Donnelly stated Tuesday.
“The entire case was emotional. These had been all younger, harmless girls, grabbed off the road who met an unthinkable destiny by the hands of Cottingham.”
Nieves was born in Puerto Rico. After coming to New York, she apparently lived with mates at flats in Manhattan and the Bronx, however little extra is understood about her actions right here.
On Oct. 30, 1973, Nieves wrote a letter to her mom again residence in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. She enclosed $100 within the envelope.
“[In the letter] she asks about her uncle, and says she needed her uncle to put in writing her, and he or she requested for household images,” stated Jared Rosenblatt, the chief of the DA’s Murder Bureau.
“On the time she had a boyfriend, and he or she wrote they had been considering of shifting to Colombia to reside. She requested her mother to put in writing her again.”
The letter was retrieved from Puerto Rico as a part of the unique investigation 5 many years in the past, Rosenblatt stated.
Nieves’ physique was found by staff pruning timber. Her palms had been tied behind her knees and her physique was coated in plastic baggage and wrapped in a grey blanket, Donnelly stated Monday.
Her neck had rope marks on it.
She had been lifeless for about 24 hours, making it attainable she was murdered on Christmas Day, Donnelly stated.
It took authorities a number of weeks to discover a cousin in Lawrence, Mass., who was in a position to determine her physique. However the homicide investigation stalled and went dormant.
Earlier this yr, after Cottingham gave info to investigators that indicated Nieves was one among his victims, they started looking for her household.
They despatched alerts about Nieves to regulation enforcement businesses within the metropolis, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico with no luck to date.
Now, officers are hoping media consideration will change that a part of the story.