Missing Since: 03/02/98
Missing from: Albany, New York
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 04/06/78
Age at disappearance: 19
Weight: 165-175 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Characteristics: Lyall has a brown-colored
birthmark on her left calf and a mole on her left cheek beneath her
earlobe.She has a surgical scar on her left foot. Lyall is nearsighted
and wears eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Clothing: Lyall was wearing an ankle-length black trenchcoat,
a black shirt and jeans. She was also carrying a black tote bag.
Jewelry: Lyall may also have been wearing a polished 14-karat
gold fluted bow ring, a frog-shaped silver ring and a necklace with
a silver medallion inscribed with a runic character that resembles the
letter “S.” (pictures of these items are at the bototm of the case file)
Dentals: Perfect teeth with only 1 filling on tooth # 14
Details of Disappearance
Lyall left work at Babbages Software in the Crossgates Mall in Guilderland, New York at approximately 9:20 PM on March 2, 1998 and boarded a Capital District Authority bus near the mall. She exited the bus at approximately 9:40 PM at the Collins Circle at the State University Of New York in Albany. Lyall has never been seen since.
Lyall’s work name tag was discovered in an area adjacent to the visitors’ parking lot at the University shortly after her disappearance. The tag was located approximately 30 yards from the Collins Circle bus stop, but it is not known if Lyall lost the tag the night she disappeared. One of Lyall’s co-workers told authorities that she mentioned she was being stalked by an unidentified man before March 1998. The co-worker stated that Lyall did not appear to frightened of the person.
Lyall’s ATM card was used by an unidentified person on March 3, 1998, the day after her initial disappearance. The card was used at Stewart’s Store on the corner of Manning Boulevard and Central Avenue in Albany at approximately 4:00 PM. Authorities would like to question an African-American male who made a purchase at the business around the same time as Lyall’s card was used in a transaction. A sketch of the unidentified possible witness is posted below this case summary. It is not known if he is connected to Lyall’s case. He was wearing a mid-length Carhartt-style jacket and a dark-colored Nike baseball cap with the company logo imprinted on the front. Some agencies refer to this possible witness as “Nike Man.”
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
New York State Police
State University Of New York at Albany Police Department
August 14, 2008
President Bush today signed a bill that requires colleges and law enforcement agencies to develop procedures for investigating violent crimes.
The legislation was promoted by the parents of Suzanne Lyall, a University at Albany sophomore who disappeared in 1998 and has been missing ever since.
“Hopefully it will save lives,” said Doug Lyall, Suzanne’s father, a 66-year-old retired state worker who lives in Milton.
The legislation, named the Suzanne Lyall Campus Safety Act, focuses on minimizing confusion and delays during the initial investigation of a violent felony, according to the office of U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-Greenport, who sponsored the act.
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