It was a gift befitting Mary Greco. A rosary for a former nun, a woman who has been described as kind, quiet and deeply spiritual.
It was also given to her less than a week before she was killed — and now it’s missing.
Police asked for the public’s help Tuesday in locating the rosary, hoping that, if it can be found, it will help build a case against her killer.
Authorities already have a suspect in the case being held on unrelated charges. They have said little else about the person.
Greco’s body was found by her landlord New Year’s afternoon in her apartment at 1402 Stanford St. Police have not said how she was killed.
Along with the request for help in locating the rosary, police also released an estimate on when they believe she was killed. Police now believe Greco was killed “during the last weekend of December.” The last weekend was Dec. 29 and 30. Her body was discovered Jan. 1.
The rosary is described as having 8mm Swarovski Amethyst crystal beads, with a sterling silver crucifix and center. The crucifix measures 2 inches.
Police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken confirmed police have taken other steps to locate the rosary, including checking pawn shops.
Anyone with information about the rosary, or about the case in general, is asked to contact the city police TIPS line at 788-6566.
The request for help in finding the rosary is the second time police have asked for the public’s assistance in the Greco case. Police asked for help Friday in locating a man who was seen shoveling snow in the area of Greco’s residence in the days leading to her death.
The man was seen in the area of her residence after snowstorms Dec. 27 and Dec. 29. Police said then that they wanted to speak with the man but that he wasn’t a suspect.
Since announcing that a suspect is in custody, police have refused to say whether they are still seeking to speak with the shoveler.
Police took the suspect into custody last weekend.
The rosary is the second item police have identified as missing from the residence. The day her body was discovered, her car was determined to be missing. Police quickly distributed a description of the car, and it was spotted within a half-hour in the parking lot of St. John the Evangelist Church on Union Street, about a mile from her home.
Greco was born and raised in Schenectady, entered the missionary community in 1956 with the Daughters of Mary, Health of the Sick, staying with them until the community disbanded in 1972. She then worked for the state until retiring in 1996.