For more than a decade, police and family searched for Margaret "Peggy" Reome after she vanished. And all that while, George Geddes knew exactly where she was, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday as Geddes went on trial in the 1990 murder of Reome.
"Peggy didn't disappear," Chief Assistant District Attorney Joseph O'Donnell said as Geddes' second-degree murder trial started in Onondaga County Court. "This defendant knew where she was all along. He knew because he put her there. He knew because he killed her."
Geddes, 47, of Syracuse, was arrested April 1 last year after police found Reome's decomposing body wrapped in a blanket and stuffed into a trunk inside a rented self-storage shed in the Syracuse suburb of Clay. An autopsy determined that she died from severe trauma to the head.
Reome, 31, a mother of three, was living with Geddes in Mattydale before she was reported missing by her daughter in February 1990.
Defense attorney Richard Marris told jurors that he would prove Geddes innocent.