State Police continuing to investigate unsolved murder in Orleans County from 1983

Posted 27 June 2017 at 12:19 pm

Provided photo: Shari Lynne Ball was found by a hunter in the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge on Oct. 29, 1983.

Press Release, State Police

SHELBY – New York State Police in Batavia continue to investigate the 1983 homicide of a Florida woman found in Orleans County.

On October 29, 1983, the body of Shari Lynne Ball was found by a hunter, several feet off the shoulder of State Route 63 in the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, in the Town of Shelby, Orleans County. The victim was found in a severely decomposed state and is believed to have been there for several months.

Ball was reported missing by her family in June of 1983 to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.  She had told her family that she was going to New York State with an unknown friend to pursue a modeling career.

At the time of her disappearance, Shari Lynne Ball was living in Boca Raton, FL and was reported as being 20 years old, white female, 5’ 4”, 100 pounds, hazel eyes and blonde hair.  Shari Lynne was also known to use the last name of Timmerman.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Investigator Michael Sims of the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Batavia by calling 585-344-6210.  Please refer to SJS # 3032334.

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