Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

Cold Case: NYSP Investigate 1970 Homicide of 15-yr-old

Alice Lezan

CORTLANDT – State Police in Troop K continue to investigate the homicide of 15-year-old Alice Lezan of Franklin Township, New Jersey.

On Nov. 15, 1970, State Police found the remains of Lezan bound with rope and inside a red sleeping bag at the bottom of a 60-foot drop near Camp Smith, off Bear Mountain Road, in Cortlandt.

In March, Lezan was first discovered by a boy walking in the woods, but his parents did not believe his story.  The boy returned with friends on Nov. 15, 1970.  The boy’s parents then contacted the State Police, according to authorities.

Lezan’s death was ruled a homicide and she was identified using dental records.

Alice Lezan was last seen on Sept. 26, 1969, near a hotel on West 48th Street in New York City Lezan was wearing gray and white pants with a purple shirt, and was with a man believed to have tried to lure her into prostitution.

Early in the investigation, authorities said other prostitutes told Investigators the man stated Alice went home.

It is not believed Alice was ever a prostitute.

Investigators from the State Police in Cortlandt continue to ask for the public’s assistance to solve this homicide and bring and peace to Alice and her family.

If anyone has any information regarding this case, please call 845-677-7300.


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