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An untold tragedy

Justice for murdered Oneida woman, 4 others in 33 year old murder case

Jill Barcomb was just 18-years-old when she left her Oneida home at 237 Park Ave., in October of 1977. She had been surrounding herself with an older group of friends that year, friends that her brother Bruce Barcomb believes caused her to act out at home. When it was decided by her family that she would live with an older married sibling rather than attend a traditional rehab, it was with these friends that Jill decided go to California. "She hadn't been ready to deal with her core issues," says Bruce, one of her ten siblings, younger by a year. "And she felt running away to a new area would give her new opportunities that were not present to her in Central New York."

Jill was never reported missing. Oneida City Police Chief David Meeker said "there is no evidence of a missing persons report being filed at the time of Jill's disappearance." Chief Meeker went on to say that because she was "of age," she wouldn't have been considered a missing person. Jill didn't attend high school that year, though she would have graduated. She was described by a former teacher as "a lovely girl, with a large family."

Three weeks later on Nov. 10, 1977, Jill's body was discovered by homicide detectives in Los Angeles. She had been tortured, beaten, sexually assaulted and strangled with a pair of blue pants. According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, she had three bite marks on her right breast. Her brother, as well as the rest of her family were in shock, and traumatized by her loss. Bruce had spoken to her just three weeks before her death, and said that she was in no way in fear for her life.

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