Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Margaret left Duffy's Tavern at 501 S. Geddes Street on August 16, 1992 at approximately 0130 Hours and was last seen riding in a vehicle in the 600 block of Gifford Street with her boyfriend, Philip Whaley.
Philip Whaley has since been convicted of Margaret's murder. However she has never 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. A DNA expert testified that a drop of dried blood — found on a pillow in a camp trailer belonging to Whaley’s mother — was Reiley’s. A blue, 10-speed bicycle Reiley rode everywhere was found in a storage shed at Whaley’s mother’s home in Pulaski. 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. Whaley told one inmate that police would never find Reiley’s body.
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