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Suspect in killing of ex-nun in custody; probe continuing

Suspect in killing of ex-nun in custody; probe continuing

A suspect in the recent killing of former nun Mary Greco is in custody, Schenectady County District

A suspect in the recent killing of former nun Mary Greco is in custody, Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said Monday.

The suspect was taken into custody over the weekend on unrelated charges, Carney said. He declined to elaborate further, including to identify the suspect by name.

With the suspect in custody, though, the investigation itself is continuing, Carney said.

Carney also declined to say if police were still seeking to locate a man seen shoveling snow near Greco’s Stanford Street residence in the days leading up to the discovery of her body Jan. 1.

Police said Friday that that individual was not a suspect at that time, that police only wanted to speak with him about any interaction he may have had with Greco.

Police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken declined to comment on the case Monday, referring all questions to Carney. McCracken also declined to say whether police continued to seek the man seen shoveling near her home.

The body of the 82-year-old Greco, a former nun who later worked for the state, was discovered New Year’s afternoon at her 1402 Stanford St. apartment.

Greco‘s body was found by her landlord inside her apartment New Year’s afternoon. Her death has been ruled a homicide, with Carney citing the condition of the body in that finding.

After discovering Greco‘s body, the landlord also reported her car missing. Police quickly got the vehicle’s description out to officers, and within a half-hour, one spotted the car in the parking lot of St. John the Evangelist Church on Union Street, about a mile from Greco‘s home.

Greco has been described by neighbors as a kind and quiet woman, as well as deeply spiritual. She 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.

She was laid to rest after services Saturday. During the service, Greco’s pastor at St. Luke’s Church, Rev. Dominic Isopo, called it incomprehensible that someone who lived her life as she did would die at the hands of those who have no respect for human life.

Isopo said that Greco was at peace in the arms of God. He also asked the crowd to pray for her killer, that the killer be reconciled with God.

Told of Monday’s developments, Isopo said simply “I hope that justice will be done.”

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