Dig for teen’s body ended in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON — After two days of searching for the possible remains of a teen who went missing 31 years ago, police called of the excavation after not finding any evidence that would lead them to what happened to 13-year-old Tammie McCormick.

Saratoga Springs Lt. Bob Jillson said they finished excavating Wednesday evening, packed up all of the equipment and notified the property owner that they were all done.

“We examined and excavated the area. In the investigation we did not come across anything relevant of the investigation, so we finished,” Jillson said. “At the end of the day we still don’t know where she is.”

Jillson said they will review where they are now in the decades-old cold case.

“We will move on leads and interviews as they come around,” he added.

Investigators began their search for McCormick on Tuesday after police were able to obtain a search warrant.

There are other potential locations of interest where police would like to search, but do not have search warrants for.

“That [the location in Northampton] was the only one we had a search warrant for,” Jillson said.

McCormick was reported missing in April 1986 when she did not return home from school in Saratoga Springs. Since then, the case was reopened in 2011 when Arthur Mason Slaybaugh, a corrections officer at Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility, was identified as the person of interest.

The home on the Northampton property on Route 30 was originally the Slaybaugh family home.

Jeremy Slaybaugh, Arthur’s younger brother, did not give the Leader-Herald any information regarding his brother as he did not think the spotlight should be on him. He expressed concerns for McCormickß family.

Slaybaugh said he can’t imagine how the McCormick family must feel every time the case is reopened or when police find new leads.

“I would like to say that I hope that this may bring some closure to the family of this little girl,” Slaybaugh said. “The police finished their investigation and, as nothing ever changes, they found nothing.”