Suzanne Lyall

20 Years Later, Suzanne Lyall’s Disappearance Lives On

ALBANY – Twenty years ago, March 2, 19-year-old Suzanne Lyall vanished after working a shift at her part-time job Babbage’s Software, commuting from Crossgates mall to her dorm in Colonial quad at the University of Albany via the CDTA bus. Two days later, Lyall’s father reported her missing.

Lyall’s missing person case, under investigation as a homicide, has yet to be solved. She would have been 39-years-old.

Suzanne’s disappearance prompted parents Mary and her late husband Doug to take action, bringing their case into the national spotlight through advocacy. The couple established The Center for Hope in Ballston Spa about five years after their daughters disappearance while ushering several proposals into state and federal law.

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In 2000, Gov. George Pataki signed the New York State Campus Security Act, which requires all colleges to develop plans for investigating a missing student or violent offense committed on campus.

In 2007, Congress enacted the Suzanne Lyall Campus Security Act, which requires colleges across the country to have written plans on how they will work with local law enforcement agencies.

Although the case has spurred legal legislation, Suzanne’s mother Mary says the case will remain open until investigators get a lead.

“Suzanne’s case is always kind of open,” Lyall said to the Times Union. But, “unless (investigators) get a clue or something, it’s not going somewhere.”



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