Missing Jamestown woman highlighted by police

Corrie Anderson

The 2008 disappearance of an Ashville woman was the highlight of the New York State Police’s “Cold Case Tuesday” feature.

Corrie Anderson, 36 years old at the time, was last known to be visiting a friend Oct. 28, 2008, in Jamestown while driving a blue 2005 Dodge Caravan. According to police, Anderson sent a text message to a friend at about 1:30 p.m. — the last person to reportedly have contact with her.

The state police attempted to contact the Busti woman after she failed to pick up her son from school.

“Items found at Corrie’s residence suggest she made it home sometime prior to her disappearance,” the New York State Police said in its Cold Case Tuesday release.

Two days later, Anderson’s van was found in a field off Kortwright Road, about two miles from her home. Numerous leads were followed, and an extensive search of the surrounding area was conducted, police said.

“One minute life is good and you’re happy, and the next minute your whole world is turned upside down,” said Vicki Acquisto, Anderson’s mother, in an interview with The Post-Journal in November 2008. “You just never know what tomorrow is going to bring.”

A week after her disappearance, a candlelight vigil was held at the Lakewood Baptist Church.

“I don’t know a lot of the people here tonight, but I know you’re here because you care,” Pastor Dan Cook said at the time.

In December 2008, more than a month after she went missing, an exhaustive search was conducted by Texas EquuSearch, a nonprofit mounted search and recovery unit from Dickinson, Texas. The search group also hoped to assist in the search for Lori Ceci Bova, who had been missing from Lakewood since June 1997. Bova, like Anderson, has never been found.

The family offered a reward for information leading to Anderson’s whereabouts, one of many rewards that would be offered in the following decade.

Anderson has green eyes and chin-length blond hair. She is about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. She was last seen wearing black corduroy pants, a black leather jacket, and small wire-rimmed glasses.

“The disappearance of Ms. Anderson continues to be actively investigated,” the state police said. “Recently, investigators conducted numerous interviews and continue to comb the Southern Tier region following new leads that have been developed.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Jamestown at 665-3526. Please refer to SJS No. 2743966.