A local mother asks for help solving a cold case that took her son’s life


This Sunday marks the 8th anniversary of a horrific unsolved crime that took the life of a 17-year-old boy on Binghamton’s Eastside.

Maureen Aissa is seeking the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible for her son Jeffrey’s death.

Jeffrey died on March 17th, 2011 during a raging fire that consumed their home on Milford Street in the middle of the night.

Binghamton Police ruled the blaze, which started in a recycling bin on the front porch, an arson/homicide.

Maureen is convinced that someone out there knows something that could finally bring justice for Jeffrey and her family. “It’s important for people to know that, yes, it’s still out there.  Yes, it’s unsolved.  Not that the police aren’t trying to do everything that they can.  They follow every lead, they’ve been extremely diligent.  That person needs to come forward.  The people need to know that lurking out there is someone capable of this horrendous act.”

Police say another arson fire was started in that same neighborhood that same night.

Lieutenant Cory Minor was a detective assigned to the case in 2011 and continues to supervise other detectives running down leads.

He says it’s still an active investigation. “I believe that it is probable that there is somebody out there who may have heard something, seen something.  And maybe not even realize what they were seeing.  Not only in this case, but in other major cases, it’s quite often, that’s what we find.”

Maureen Aissa and 5 other family members were able to escape the home that night, but they weren’t able to locate Jeffrey.

She says she would still like to know why someone set the fire.

You can call in a tip to the Binghamton Detective Bureau at 607-772-7080 or leave a message on the BPD Facebook page.

Tips can remain anonymous.

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