Over 20 years ago, a promising 20-year-old was viciously murdered in the Hudson Valley. Large rewards are now being offered to put the killer behind bars.

New York State Police is continuing to investigate the 20-year murder of a 20-year-old Hudson Valley woman


New York State Police continue to actively investigate the murder of 20-year-old town of Wallkill resident Megan McDonald.

The New York State Police Troop F Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Middletown continues to investigate the 2003 murder of Megan McDonald.

The 20-year-old's body was found on March 15, 2003, in a field off Bowser Road in the town of Wallkill in Orange County. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma, police say.

“It was a very vicious attack on this young girl, and she had a very promising future ahead of her,” Detectives’ Endowment Association in New York City President Paul DiGiacomo told WPIX. "And to take that away from Megan and her family, there has to be consequences.”


Her 1991 white Mercury Sable was found two days later in the Kensington Manor apartment complex parking lot, in the town of Wallkill.

Large Rewards Offered to Help Find Town of Wallkill Woman's Killer

At the time of her death, McDonald worked at the Galleria Mall in Middletown and was attending SUNY Orange County Community College.

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"The New York City Detective’s Endowment Association is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of Megan’s killer," New York State Police stated in a press release. "The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also offering a separate $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of Megan’s killer."

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Anyone with information about this case is asked to call State Police Middletown BCI at 845-344-5300.

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"Anonymous tips may be called into the Troop F Major Crimes confidential tip line at (845) 344-5370 or emailed to crimetip@troopers.ny.gov," New York State Police added.

These Are the 12 Biggest Shopping Malls in Upstate New York

The size of the enclosed malls of Upstate New York covers a whole range of numbers. You have several large malls with between 50-100 stores, and then you have several behemoth malls which host much more than that. For example, #12 on this list has 55 stores and has been open for more than 50 years. Sounds like a pretty respectable mall, doesn't it? Compare that to the #2 on this list which is so large it has more than 18,000 parking spaces!

In this gallery, we have also mentioned some of the original anchor stores for these malls dating back to when they opened. It is fun to hear the old names like Sibley's, Filenes, McCurdy's, and G. Fox and Company again. Here are the 12 largest enclosed malls in Upstate New York. (We include all regions of Upstate including the upper and lower Hudson Valley. This list does not reflect the large malls of metropolitan New York City or Long Island).

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Did You Know? Over 100 Fun Facts About the Hudson Valley

Did you know that Lucille Ball made her stage debut in the Hudson Valley? How about Philadelphia Cream Cheese wasn't invented in Philadelphia, but in Orange County? Or that a mansion in Dutchess County inspired the expression "keeping up with the Joneses?" Find out about those and over 100 other fun facts about the Hudson Valley. 

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