Yolanda Bindics
Last Seen August 10th, 2004

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  2006 News Clips:
News Clips (provided by 2 On Your Side-WGRZ, WIVB-TV 4, WKBW-TV 7,  The Post-Journal, BuffaloNews www.35wsee.com, WBFO News, Cable 8 News, and other sources)

Friday, December 15th, 2006
Bindics Death Ruled Homicide
In a brief press conference, Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley officially announced that the death of Yolanda Bindics was a homicide. She had been missing for two years before her remains were found in September. Foley says Bindics' family had been briefed but says they were asked not to comment on the matter. Foley could not comment on any specifics that might compromise the ongoing investigation. Police refuse to say they have any suspects, only ‘‘persons of interest.’’ Foley says there are no other new developments in the case but officials say now they can continue moving forward with the investigation.

Friday, December 15th, 2006
A possible break?

Police have scheduled a press conference Friday. It's unclear what new information Friday afternoon's press conference will uncover. But since Yolanda Bindics disappeared and her remains were found, police have not made any arrests. The Chautauqua County district attorney, the sheriff's department, and Jamestown Police have called a news conference for Friday afternoon.

The 25 year old mother of four disappeared in August 2004. Two hunters discovered her body in September in a state forest in the Town of Charlotte. Her family prayed for her safe return before her body was found. Since then, they've prayed for authorities to find her killer.

News 4 have not been told about any arrests yet, but two men have been named persons of interest in the case, former Jamestown Police officer Michael Watson, and Clarence Carte, the father of Bindics' youngest child. WIVB-TV 4

Thursday, December 14th, 2006
Officials To Hold Press Confrence on Yolanda Bindics Case
Patricia Bindics received a surprising phone call Thursday morning. A Jamestown Police Detective asked if her family could be present for a press announcement Friday afternoon. Mrs. Bindics doesn't know what to expect. She only knows it's concerning the investigation into the murder of her daughter, Yolanda. The Jamestown woman's body was found in September, deep in the woods in the town of Charlotte. The mother of four had been missing for just over two years.

While Mrs. Bindics is hopeful, she can hardly bring herself to be optimistic that authorities could have some answers. Patricia Bindics: "I would like to know they're bringing somebody up, but I don't think it's gonna be quite like that."

Yolanda Bindics' body was taken to Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania to ba analyzed.Police have yet to name any suspects in the case, however they do suspect foul play. Last summer, police reported confidence in solving the case after receiving DNA evidence on some of Yolanda's personal belongings.

The press conference is being held Friday at Jamestown City Hall at 2:30pm. The Chautauqua County D-A and members of the sheriff's and police department will be present. 2 On Your Side-WGRZ

Monday, October 16th, 2006
Bindics’ Family Begins Planning Funeral

It’s been five weeks since Yolanda Bindics’ remains were discovered by hunters on state forest land in Charlotte, and the Bindics family is still awaiting her return before funeral arrangements can be announced.

According to Lt. Todd Isaacson of the Jamestown Police Department, the body is being meticulously examined by forensic experts at Mercyhurst College in Erie — and the priority is gathering every last piece of evidence so whoever was responsible for her death can be put to justice.‘‘I’m not going to put a schedule on forensic analysis,’’ Isaacson said Thursday. ‘‘If certain tests need to be completed to put the final pieces of the puzzle together, we don’t need to put any time constraints on it.’’

Neither Isaacson nor Gerace could comment on when the examination would be completed so the body could be returned to the Bindics family. ‘‘I haven’t heard anything,’’ Isaacson said. ‘‘It wouldn’t come through here. It would go through the coroner’s office. The body would more than likely go from the forensic pathology lab to the funeral home.’’ Coroner John Sixby said final funeral arrangements won’t proceed until he gets the go-ahead from law enforcement officials. He also said a death certificate hasn’t been completed, though he filled out as much as he could so the family could at least make some arrangements.

According to Anne Chmielewski, Yolanda’s sister, family members have already made plans for her funeral. ‘‘We already have a location, we just don’t know when it’s going to be,’’ she said. The funeral will take place at Reddington Funeral Home in Buffalo and Yolanda will be buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna, Ms. Chmielewski said — adding that Yolanda grew up there and other family members are buried at the cemetery. ‘‘We didn’t want to leave her there all alone,’’ she said, referring to a Jamestown cemetery.

However, the Bindics family is arranging a wake in Jamestown the day before they take the trip to Buffalo so Southern Tier residents can pay their respects. ‘‘Our mom wants to do something in Jamestown,’’ Ms. Chmielewski said. ‘‘We want it public, because we know there’s a lot of people waiting.’’

Neither Isaacson nor Gerace would yield much information on the progress of the case since Yolanda’s body was discovered five weeks ago. ‘‘I can’t comment on what we’re doing,’’ Isaacson said. ‘‘It’s certainly not stagnant.’’ Gerace said. ‘‘We expect some results in the near future.’’ Post Journal - PATRICK L. FANELLI

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