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Mount Pleasant Memorial Held For Victim In 22-Year-Old Murder Case

Pleasantville-area firefighters and White Plains employees gathered last January to remember the 21st anniversary of Tom Dorr's unsolved murder. Another vigil is planned Monday Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at Graham Hills Park in Mount Pleasant.
Pleasantville-area firefighters and White Plains employees gathered last January to remember the 21st anniversary of Tom Dorr's unsolved murder. Another vigil is planned Monday Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at Graham Hills Park in Mount Pleasant. Photo Credit: Provided
Pleasantville area firefighters and White Plains employees gathered last January to remember the 21st anniversary of Tom Dorr's unsolved murder. Another vigil is planned Monday Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at Graham Hills Park in Mount Pleasant.
Pleasantville area firefighters and White Plains employees gathered last January to remember the 21st anniversary of Tom Dorr's unsolved murder. Another vigil is planned Monday Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at Graham Hills Park in Mount Pleasant. Photo Credit: Provided
Tom Dorr lived on Pollywiggle Lane in Pleasantville when he was murdered on Jan. 7, 1996. Police say they have suspects, but no one has been arrested. Another vigil is planned Monday Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at Graham Hills Park in Mount Pleasant.
Tom Dorr lived on Pollywiggle Lane in Pleasantville when he was murdered on Jan. 7, 1996. Police say they have suspects, but no one has been arrested. Another vigil is planned Monday Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at Graham Hills Park in Mount Pleasant. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Graham Hills Park off of Bedford Road (Route 117) in Mount Pleasant is where the body of a Pleasantville stabbing murder victim was found on Jan. 8, 1996. The murder of the 50-year-old Pleasantville volunteer firefighter, Tom Dorr, is unsolved.
Graham Hills Park off of Bedford Road (Route 117) in Mount Pleasant is where the body of a Pleasantville stabbing murder victim was found on Jan. 8, 1996. The murder of the 50-year-old Pleasantville volunteer firefighter, Tom Dorr, is unsolved. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

Twenty-two years ago, the body of a Pleasantville firefighter was found after a blizzard. Family members of the 50-year-old Tom Dorr were suspects interviewed by police, but no one was charged.

Fellow volunteer firefighters, co-workers and friends of Dorr, who worked for the White Plains Water Department, plan their an annual vigil on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant park where Dorr was slain.

A candlelight vigil is held every January at Graham Hills Park, which is across from Pace University along Bedford Road (Route 117).

"Hoping some day soon Tom's murderers will be bought to justice," said John Brooks, former captain and commissioner of the Pleasantville Fire Department.

The Rev. PaulĀ Egensteiner, pastor at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasantville, is among the expected speakers during Monday's vigil.

Coverage of last year's vigil can be found by clicking here:

Coverage of an earlier tribute can be found by clicking here.

While there are suspects in the Westchester County murder case, according to law enforcement officials, no one has been charged with the brutal slaying.

Dorr was feeding wild turkeys in the park during a blizzard on Jan. 7, 1996, with his wife, Jane Sawyer Dorr, and stepson, Jeffrey Dorr. His wife and stepson reportedly returned home, and Dorr remained in the park.

Dorr's body was found on Jan. 8 in two feet of snow not far from his home on Pollywiggle Lane. His bloody body was found slashed and brutally beaten in the snow.

Dorr, known as a "gentle giant" with a booming voice and many friends, had been a volunteer member of the Pleasantville Fire Department Since 1979. Dorr might talk your ear off, but could not kill a fly.

No arrests have been made in the case. Dorr's wife and stepson have been mentioned by police as suspects in the case. Jane Sawyer said in 1996 she gave a full statement to police.

Prior Daily Voice coverage, including details on rewards offered to solve the murder case can be found by clicking here and here.

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