Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Josephine last spoke with her sister from her home at 206 Seymour Street on July 29, 1984. Josephine was upset regarding a dispute with her boyfriend.
Josephine's former boyfriend, Philip Whaley, is serving a life sentence for her murder. Josephine has not been found.
Whaley was the first person in Onondaga County history to be convicted of murder without the victims’ bodies being found. He was sentenced in 1996 to 50 years in prison for murdering Josephine Chatraw in 1984 and Peggy Reiley in 1992. Whaley’s murder trial was the first in Onondaga County in which DNA evidence was used.
When he was sentenced in 1996, Whaley maintained his innocence. At the trial, jail inmates testified that Whaley admitted to the murders while he was being held on other charges in 1992. He told them he’d killed two women and hidden their bodies.
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Syracuse Police Department