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Case File 2451DFNY


Margaret Reiley
Missing since August 16, 1992 from Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Margaret left Duffy's Tavern at 501 S. Geddes St. on August 16, 1992 at approximately 0130 hours and was last seen riding in a vehicle in the 600 block of Gifford St. with her boyfriend, Phillip Whaley.
Her live-in boyfriend, reported her missing August 18. Reiley had not picked up her latest welfare check. The boyfriend told police she has never left for more than a day.
Reiley left all of her clothing and her identification in her apartment. She never told her 14-year-old daughter or her live-in boyfriend of any plans to leave.
She and Whaley knew each other from socializing in near west side bars, but they never dated.
A few days after Reiley disappeared, Whaley stopped in at Tony G's to ask if she had turned up. He claimed that he left her and went one way and she got on her bike and went the other way.
On September 29 and 30, police searched the Salmon River hoping to find Reiley's body as a state police helicopter hovered overhead. Nothing was located in the search.
A blue 10-speed bicycle Reiley rode everywhere was found in a storage shed at Whaley's mother's home in Pulaski.
Whaley was sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison for the homicide of Reiley and another missing woman, Josephine Chatraw. The bodies of the two women were never found. A witness at the trial testified that Whaley said he shot Reiley twice with a black powder pistol because she tried to steal his cocaine. Then Whaley wrapped her body in blankets and plastic held together with duct tape and rolled her into the Salmon River. The prosecution's only physical evidence against him was a drop of blood found on a pillow in Whaley's camp trailer. DNA tests showed the blood was Reiley's but not how old the blood was or how it got into the trailer.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Syracuse Police Department

Agency Case Number: 92-12118

NCIC Number: M-586537813
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Syracuse Herald-Journal
Syracuse Police Department

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