A northern New York police officer has been honored for investigative work that led to the conviction of a Winthrop murder.
Investigator Raymond A. Planty was one of 23 individuals recognized recently at New York State Police Annual Awards Day Ceremony.
On Nov. 17, 2010, Jason M. Wing, age 21, was reported missing by his stepbrother.
Wing hadn’t been seen in more than two and a half months and his last known address was in Winthrop, living with Dustin J. Trimm.
Wing and Trimm were alleged to have been involved in a long-term relationship.
Trimm was interviewed and admitted to their relationship. He stated Wing had suddenly left the area at the end of August 2010, and could offer no plausible explanation as to why Wing left without notifying any of his friends or family.
He claimed to have no knowledge of Wing's whereabouts at that time.
For two months, numerous leads were investigated by Troop B BCI including the Troop B Violent Crimes Investigation Team (VCIT).
There was no indication Wing had been seen alive since late August 2010.
On January 21, 2011, Troop B VCIT adopted the case and Investigator Raymond A. Planty was assigned as the case investigator.
Throughout the remainder of the year, Investigator Planty and the Troop B VCIT continued a methodical investigation which kept leading back to Trimm.
Investigator Planty was eventually able to obtain a search warrant for the property on which Wing was believed to be buried. On February 1, 2012, buried human remains, subsequently determined to be those of Jason M. Wing,were recovered in the town of Norfolk, St. Lawrence County, New York.
The murder weapon used to kill Wing was also located buried on the property. An autopsy was conducted and the manner of death was determined to be a homicide due to a gunshot wound to the head.
On Feb. 2, 2012, Dustin J. Trimm was arrested for second-degree murder.
Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said, “Every day, the men and women of the State Police are performing selfless acts of courage, heroism and bravery. Our troopers are ensuring the safety and security of all New Yorkers while fighting crime and protecting the innocent. Our non-sworn employees of the State Police are dedicated and committed to public service, demonstrating outstanding qualities on a daily basis. Today we recognize those troopers and employees who have shown an extraordinary commitment to the people of the State of New York. It is through their exemplary service and duty that makes the New York State Police among the most well respected law enforcement agencies in the world.”