Ian Hasselwander Strangled, Stabbed Morgan Bates: Police

A photograph showing Ian J. Hasselwander.

Ian J. Hasselwander. (Image via Rensselaer County, NY Sheriff’s Office.)

Grim details are emerging in a criminal case against a young Upstate New York man accused of murdering a young woman.

Ian J. Hasselwander22, in Petersburg, NY, is charge with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree strangulation, and concealment of a body, Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department say friday night. Petersburg – sometimes always spelled by locals as Petersburgh – lies east-northeast of Albany near the confluence of the borders of New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

Defendant is accused strangled and murdered Morgan Bates, a 20-year-old woman from the area disappeared more than a week before the defendant was arrested. Bates is reported from White Creek near Cambridge and Eagle Bridge; she is a Graduating from Cambridge High School in 2019school district speak in an online flashback.

Bates family quote, Albany NBC WNYT report that Hasselwander was the victim’s ex-boyfriend.

A painting showing Morgan Bates.

Morgan Bates. (Image via Rensselaer County, NY Sheriff’s Office.)

Court documents obtained Tuesday by Law & Crime after a trip to Troy Municipal Court – Troy is the county seat where the defendants are stationed – provide few new alleged details about the case killing.

A series of felony complaint documents signed by the Investigator Zachary J. Sharpe with the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office saying that Hasselwander “intentionally used a corded device to apply pressure to the victim’s throat and neck area” on February 27, 2022, “approximately” 3:05 pm

February 27 is the day Bates’ body was found. She was reported missing on Tuesday, February 22, and has reported Last seen last Sunday, February 20. It is unclear whether the sheriff’s department simply listed the time and date Bates’ body was discovered as the time of the alleged crime. evil or whether they believe Hasselwander really killed Bates and tried to hide the body. the 27th after she was officially missing for five days.

Morgan Bates appears in a photo released by Cambridge Central School District, NY.

Morgan Bates. (Image via Cambridge Central School District, NY.)

Newly released court documents also allege that Hasselwander “hid” “the victim’s body in a foundation pit in a remote area of ​​the Cherry Plains. [sic] State Park and covered it with large logs in an attempt to discourage inspection by law enforcement officers as part of a criminal investigation.”

The documents further allege Hasselwander stabbed Bates “in the neck” twice with a sharp tool. But the documents also say that it was the joint – not the stab wound – that caused the death; ligature “results”[ed] died from asphyxiation,” the document states.

The documents also contain a GPS chart showing the approximate location where authorities found the body. The Cherry Plain State Park is a 175-acre wooded area with a lake; it is located in an area where dairy farms and fields are bordered by the Green Mountains and the Berkshires.

A point on a Google map showing GPS coordinates near where Rensselaer County Sheriff

A spot on a Google map showing GPS coordinates near where the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department said Morgan Bates’ body was found. (Illustrated via Law & Crime.)

Funeral services for Bates were held on Saturday.

The school officials remembered her fondly.

“Morgan has always had a twinkle in his eye and is known to be alert and has a big heart,” speak Principal of Cambridge High School, NY Caroline Goss in an online post. “As an educator, every student we work with leaves a deep impression on us. I had the honor of having Morgan as a student and as her principal. I am proud to see her walk across the stage upon graduation and look forward to seeing her pursue her dream of working with horses. Morgan has left a huge impact on every educator in the district and she will be greatly missed.”

Morgan Bates’ mother passed away in January, and WNYT report that she and her mother would be buried together at a later date.


A file photo shows the Rensselaer, NY District Court on March 7, 2022. Hasselwander’s case is likely to be handled at this facility in downtown Troy after preliminary matters were cleared. carried out in the lower local courts. (Photo by Aaron Keller / Law & Crime.)

William BatesMorgan’s father shared some of his grief on Facebook.

“I want to say thank you for all the love and support my family and my daughter have had,” he said. Written on Sunday – the day after the funeral. “She had a lovely turn with over 300 people in attendance [sic] her services. Are you guys? [sic] really know how much that really appreciate. That shows me there are really good people out there. Again myself and my family. Say thank you very much. For your support. May God bless each and every one of them.”

Before that, he speak “His main thing now is to get justice.”

“I won’t give it up,” William Bates continue. “My daughter doesn’t deserve it. The bag of residue did. I hope when all this is done. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He is a person with a cold heart. I pray to God he will rot in hell. I would say he was a sick SOB Now my daughter can rest in peace knowing he was arrested and will be dealt with. Law. And was put away for a very long time. So he couldn’t do this to another young girl. God is my witness, I will fight for justice. For my daughter, Morgan. Now Morgan is with her mother, my wife in the crowd[n]. Now they can. Observe there [sic] family.”

Morgan’s Obituary speak she works at a Stewart convenience store in Pownal, Vt., and for the stables in the area.

Read the court documents available below:

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