49-year-old Larry Frank of Phoenix, New York, is charged with second-degree murder for the death of 53-year-old Patricia Gryczka of Geddes.
Acting on a call from a resident who heard a noise at the back of his property, police found Gryzcka's body in a ravine south of Syracuse early Monday morning. The resident saw a man crouching then get into a car and drive off. The resident wrote down the license plate number.
Detectives in New York were monitoring Frank’s financial transactions, and called Lawrence Township police at about 5:30 p.m. Monday to say he’d just made a purchase at Wal-Mart. He had a loaded handgun in his car when police picked him up.