Police consider whether Ross is tied to unsolved homicides of two women

Authorities are looking into whether accused kidnapper Craig Ross Jr. may be connected to any other cases including the homicides of Jennifer Hammond and Christina White.

Ross is accused of kidnapping a 9-year-old girl at Moreau Lake State Park on Sept. 30. She was found on Monday after police said they tracked a fingerprint on a ransom note to Ross, who lives on Barrett Road in Milton.

Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo confirmed that investigators are following up on leads in those unsolved cases. Zurlo would not confirm whether they are looking Ross Jr. as a possible suspect.

“We do not comment on investigative leads or possible suspects on our open cases,” he said in a statement. “With the most recent events, we will explore any and all investigative leads that may help solve these crimes.”

Sheriff’s Investigator Matthew Robinson told The Times Union that there is no indication that Ross is involved in those two homicides. But one of the steps they will be taking in the investigation is any connection Ross has to major cases.   

Jennifer Marie “Moonbeam” Hammond was last seek at a mobile home park in Milton on Aug. 30, 2003. Hammond had been working for a magazine company going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions. Hammond was reported missing by her Colorado employer in November of that year. Her remains were found on Oct., 25, 2009 in the town of Greenfield.

Christina White, 19, was reported missing on July 3, 2005 after family members last saw her on the evening of June 30, 2005, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses reported seeing her walking in the road in the area of Geyser Road and Rowland Street. A hunter found her remains on March 10, 2006 in the Daketown Forest in the town of Greenfield.

Police believe the two homicides may be related.