Sheriff: GPS evidence key in Ford's indictment for murder of Otselic girl

NORWICH – A grand jury has indicted an Otselic Valley seasonal resident for murdering a young girl by chasing her down with his pick-up truck and running her over.

The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office has announced that George Ford Jr., 42, of Piscataway, N.J., was indicted on charges of second degree murder for allegedly causing the intentional death of Shyanne A. Somers, 12, South Otselic, on July 8.

“The GPS (Global Positioning System) located in his truck allows us to track the speed, time and location of the vehicle. It was key in sinking his story because we know every route the truck took that night and where, and for how long it was parked,” said Sheriff Thomas Loughren.

“As we developed the case, new evidence came to light and it became clear in our minds he lied about her death,” said Loughren.

“Contrary to the defendant’s story, he did not take the girl home. Instead the GPS shows his vehicle driving around the back roads for a while before ending up behind an abandoned farm house about a half-mile from the place where she was run over. And it remained there for nearly three hours,” said Loughren.

Police said that according to the GPS, Ford’s truck never stopped at the spot where Somers was killed until 3:20 a.m., over three hours later than what Ford told investigators. Police also said Ford’s vehicle only remained at the scene of the incident for several minutes before leaving.

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