Man Indicted for Murder of WWI Veteran

Man Indicted for Murder of WWI Veteran

( – The unexpected loss of a loved one can cause unbearable pain. Yet, it’s even harder when you don’t know what happened to them. Such is the case of WWI veteran George Clarence Seitz, who disappeared without a trace decades ago.

Seitz reportedly disappeared in December 1976 after leaving his Queens home to get his hair cut. He was 81 years old at the time of his disappearance.

New York law enforcement officials investigated at the time, but the case eventually went cold. However, in March 2019, everything changed with the discovery of human remains in a Queens residence backyard. It took nearly two years for DNA testing to confirm the remains. Sadly, they belonged to Seitz.

The Queens District Attorney’s Office and the New York Police Department launched a new investigation which eventually led to the arrest of a 74-year-old man. On Wednesday, November 3, prosecutors formally arraigned Martin Motta on various charges related to Seitz’s death.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz told reporters that finally, “after 45 years, the alleged killer of a WWI veteran is being… brought to justice.” She added she hoped the discovery of Seitz’s remains and Motta’s prosecution would “bring peace and closure to his loved ones.”

Motta faces a sentence ranging from 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

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