The state Department of Environmental Conservation again has put the brakes on a local group's plan to build a forest memorial to Jennifer Bolduc and Sarah Hajney, two Dryden High School cheerleaders who were murdered.
Georgetown firefighters and others wanted to build a 6-foot monument in Muller Hill State Forest, where body parts were found, but DEC Regional Director Kenneth P. Lynch wrote the group that "we cannot proceed with a proposal that lacks full citizen support."
"Five or six people sent in letters who don't even live in Georgetown, and they consider that the community," firefighter Daniel Georgia was quoted as saying in Tuesday's editions of the Syracuse Post-Standard. A DEC spokesman said one letter was signed by 15 people.
A number of people thought that the monument drew attention to the girls' deaths rather than celebrating their lives, Sheffer said.
The 16-year-old girls were kidnapped from Ms. Hajney's home in McLean, 35 miles south of Syracuse, by neighbor John Andrews, 31, who killed them. He committed suicide in jail after his arrest.
The DEC offered to help Georgia find an alternative location and help build the monument, Sheffer said.