The woman whose skeletal remains were found in the basement of a Southold home more than 50 years after her disappearance was fatally shot, Suffolk police said Friday.
Through DNA results, the Suffolk County medical examiner earlier this month identified the remains as those of Louise Pietrewicz, who was 38 and living in Cutchogue when she vanished.
Pietrewicz was a victim of homicide, police said Friday.
On March 19, Suffolk and Southold police found what they believed to be Pietrewicz’s skeletal remains in the cellar of a Colonial-era home that once belonged to her lover, former Southold Police Officer William Boken.
Pietrewicz, trapped in an abusive marriage, met Boken while working part time in a drugstore, daughter Sandy Blampied said.
The last time Blampied saw her mother was right before she left home for school in 1966. State Police and Southold police launched an investigation after Pietrewicz’s family reported her missing, but the trail soon went cold.
Boken was arrested in 1967 after his wife filed a domestic violence complaint with police, authorities said last month. Boken resigned from the Southold police and died in 1982.
Pietrewicz’s disappearance was the subject of an exhaustive article and documentary series posted in October by The Suffolk Times.