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Watson found dead; former boyfriend arrested

At approximately 10:30 a.m. a search team discovered Jenni-Lyn's body in a wooded area that surrounds the Clay Central Park, located on Wetzel Road.

The Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office is scheduled to perform an autopsy sometime tomorrow.

Jenni-Lyn Watson (20), of Liverpool, was reported missing by family members on Friday, Nov. 19. Family members told deputies that Watson was last seen Friday morning and that it was uncharacteristic of her to leave without notice or maintain communication with them.

Earlier this week, Detectives were able to review Jenni-Lyn's cell phone records to establish an area of interest. Working with 18 Federal, State local law enforcement agencies and seven search and rescue organizations, the Sheriff's Office launched a large scale ground search methodically searching over 1,200 acres of heavily wooded terrain in attempt to locate Jenni-Lyn.

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh reported that Detectives made an arrest in connection with the Jenni-Lyn Waston investigation.

At a Press Conference held at 5 p.m. Saturday Nov. 26, Onondaga County Undersheriff Warren Darby, and District Attorney William Fitzpatrick announced the arrest of Steven Pieper (21) of 8237 Coconut Drive, Liverpool. Sheriff Detectives charged Pieper with Murder in the 2nd Degree (A-felony).

During the investigation, Detectives learned that Jenni-Lyn dated Pieper for approximately 18 months and wished to end the relationship. Pieper is alleged to have been at Jenni-Lyn's home on the morning of her disappearance and is believed to be the last to have seen Jenni-Lyn.

Jenni-Lyn's cell phone has not been recovered.

Pieper will be arraigned tonight in the Town of Clay and is expected to be held at the Onondaga County Justice Center without bail.

Detectives ask anyone that may have seen Pieper's black 2008 Volkswagen Jetta in the area of the Clay Central Park or Donegal Way to

contact them at (315) 435-3081.

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