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Area state trooper honored for role in solving missing persons case

Area state trooper honored for role in solving missing persons case

An area state trooper was honored this week for his role in solving a July 2012 missing persons case.

Sgt. Edward Abruzzo with New York State Police was presented with the Frank Hammer Officer of the Month Award at a ceremony on Monday

On July 19, 2012, a 53-year-old nurse named Janet Pottorff from Cuyler, New York was reported missing by her coworkers. It turns out her husband, Keith, called her in sick the past 2 days, even though she was not scheduled to work. He could not be located, and police were told to look out for a 2001 black Dodge Dakota pickup truck.

Sgt. Abruzzo said that by sheer coincidence, he located the truck, and then Keith, at the Grassroots Festival.

“I said, ‘I’m looking for you because your wife has been reported missing,,” Abruzzo recalls. “He then acted very surprised…We brought him back to the station, and within in an hour of his arrival we got his authorization to search the home, and we found his wife in the shed.”

Janet Pottorff’s brutally murdered body was discovered in her home, and Keith Pottoroff would be sentenced to 28 and a half years to life in prison.

Sgt. Abruzzo, who has been serving as a state trooper for the past 32 years, said he was grateful for the recognition.

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