Cold Case: Request for Public Assistance in Patricia Fairbanks Homicide

William A. Swartzman photo by: JPD

(WNY News Now) – The Jamestown Police Department seeks public aid in solving the 1972 Patricia Fairbanks homicide case. Fairbanks, reported missing on November 28, 1972, was found deceased on December 29, 1972, in the rear yard of 14 West 9th Street, Jamestown. 

Jamestown, N.Y. – The cause of death was determined to be a homicide. Jamestown Police Department conducted an extensive investigation for a number of years attempting the person who killed Fairbanks. No suspect was ever arrested and the case has been unsolved for years.

In March of 2023 the Jamestown Police Department coordinated with the Chautauqua County Sheriff
open the investigation, and the case was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Unsolved Cases Team for fu
investigation. Investigators reviewed the entire original homicide case file, worked with the Jamestow
Department’s Evidence Unit to transfer all of the physical evidence collected in the murder to the Sh
Evidence Unit, and spent months interviewing numerous witnesses throughout Chautauqua County a

Today, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office announces the identification of a person of interest in the murder of Patricia Fairbanks. The person of interest is William A. Swartzman, who at the time of Fairbanks murder was a 44 year-old resident of the City of Jamestown. In addition to residing in Jamestown, Swartzman had previously resided in South Ripley, the borough of North East Pennsylvania, Erie Pennsylvania, and Warren Pennsylvania. Swartzman died of natural causes at his residence in Warren, Pennsylvania in 1997.

William A. Swartzman
photo by: JPD

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the assistance of the public as the investigation continues. We are desirous of speaking to anyone who was in contact with Swartzman while he was in Jamestown between the months of August 1972 and January 1973. If you had a face-to-face encounter with Swartzman in Jamestown in an area bounded by West Eighth Street to the south, West Tenth Street to the north, North Main Street to the east, and Washington Street to the west you are asked to call Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Investigators today. If you were the victim of a crime that Swartzman committed, whether it occurred in the state of New York or the state of Pennsylvania, you are asked to call the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.

William A. Swartzman
photo by: JPD

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office continues to work on this case cooperatively with the Jamestown Police Department and the New York State Police Forensic Laboratory. Updates will be provided to the public at the appropriate time.

Information about this case should be directed to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Unsolved C
(716) 753-4578 or (716) 753-4579. You can also contact investigators via email at UnsolvedChautau

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