New York State Crime Stoppers in cooperation with The Ramapo Police Department are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that directly leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Darlene Conklin now believed to be a homicide.
Darlene Conklin, at age 21, disappeared in April of 1981 under suspicious circumstances. The case was re-opened after a tip was received that Darlene was murdered. Additional information obtained from police interviews also supports that Darlene was murdered in April of 1981. During the course of their investigation, Ramapo Police discovered that a homicide investigation was conducted, around the time of her disappearance, of a female matching Darlene’s description. Detectives from an unknown agency are reported to have responded to Whalen’s Moving and Storage in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. with a Polaroid photograph of a woman believed to have been murdered, wrapped in a Whalen Moving and Storage moving blanket and disposed of. Darlene Conklin’s boyfriend at the time of her disappearance, Stephen Szanyi, worked for Whalen Moving and Storage. At this time we suspect that the woman in the Mt. Kisco investigation was Darlene Conklin but we have been unable to identify the agency that conducted that investigation.
Citizens with pertinent information are asked to call the NYS Crime Stoppers hot line directly of download the New York State Crime Stoppers App and send the information from your iPhone, Android or Blackberry. Any information, regardless of how insignificant it may seem, may help to solve this case.