NORWICH — More than five months after 44-year-old Norwich resident Alisa Ann Martin was found deceased in her apartment, the City of Norwich Police Department (NPD) is continuing to investigate the circumstances of the homicide.
NPD Chief Reuben Roach said the conditions of the body and signs of violence at the scene indicated possible foul play from the onset of the investigation.
An autopsy ruled the incident a homicide, said Roach, but no cause of death has been released by investigators, and no other updates have been provided since July.
Chenango County District Attorney Michael Ferrarese said the investigation had made progress and law enforcement was still working the case.
"The City of Norwich Police Department in conjunction with the New York State Police and Chenango County Sheriff’s Office are still actively investigating," he said. "If there is someone in the community that may have any information, please contact the City of Norwich Police Department."
On Sunday, July 9 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the NPD responded to a welfare check at Martin's residence at 89 North Broad Street, after it was reported she had not been seen in several days. Roach reported officers had to force their way into the residence.
After discovering Martin inside the home, police cordoned off the area and maintained a constant presence. Officers were seen searching the entire property late into Sunday night, including the yard and driveway. Officers were still there the following morning.
The New York State Police Forensic Identification Unit (FIU) assisted in processing the scene along with an NPD evidence technician. The Norwich Police Department is also working closely with the New York State Police, the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, and the Chenango County District Attorney’s Office.
Officers have executed numerous search warrants, including searches on electronic equipment, and have sent DNA to the New York State Police Crime Lab.
“We are working around the clock to bring justice to Alisa and her family, and we will continue to do so until an arrest is made,” said Roach. "The investigation is ongoing. We are hoping to have a resolution in the near future."
The Norwich Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call 607-336-8477.