Fear continues in St. Johnsville after missing woman is found dead

October 16, 2018 05:58 PM

ST. JOHNSVILLE - Fear and uncertainty continue in St. Johnsville, weeks after the death of a young woman.

Michaela MacVilla was missing for more than a week after leaving her job at Stewart's, before being found dead on property in Fulton County. However, police still haven't said how she died.

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A few people who were out and about on Tuesday said they're still not comfortable walking the streets of St. Johnsville at night, when just a few weeks ago before MacVilla's disappearance, they would have had no problem with it.

They said they think police are getting their evidence and facts together before making any arrests or announcements about the case.

In the meantime, fundraising efforts for the MacVilla family are underway. There will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the H.C. Smith Benefit Club on November 12.

Michaela's aunt, Cora Murray, says she and the rest of her family are still struggling to come to terms with MacVilla's death. She is the third family member they've lost in three months. MacVilla's grandfather and sister both passed away recently.

Murray says state police have been keeping in contact with them throughout the investigation. Though no suspects or cause of death have been named, Murray still believes someone is responsible for her niece's death.

A spokesperson for state police in Latham said Tuesday they did not have any more information about the case.

All of the money raised from the fundraiser will go towards MacVilla's family. Her mother and father have both taken some time off from work to grieve the loss of two children and a parent in the last few months.

Michaela's mother, Samantha, owns her own hair salon that has been closed for some time. There is also an active GoFundMe page where people can make a contribution to the MacVilla family.

MORE INFORMATION: GoFundMe: Michaela MacVilla


Emily Burkhard

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