The Rape and Murder of Sarah Goode

Sarah Goode
Missing Mom Sarah Goode. Suffolk County Police

In the summer of 2014, a 21-year-old Long Island mother was reported missing by her family. When her body was later found in the woods, an autopsy and investigation revealed that she had been brutally raped and stabbed to death by a man whose advances she had resisted at a party. 

Mom of 4-Year-Old Vanishes

On June 8, 2014, Goode's family reported her missing to the local police after they had not seen her for two days.

The family of Sarah P. Goode called Suffolk County police Sunday and said they had not seen her for two days. 

About an hour later, Goode's gray 1999 BMW was found parked in a wooded area in Medford, far from the Long Island home where Goode lived with her mother and daughter. Although the car was not broken into, police said it was found under "suspicious circumstances."

Suffolk County Detective Michael Fitzharris would not say what those circumstances were and would not say if Goode's personal belongings were in the vehicle.

Police used K-9 units to search the wooded area where the car was found.

"This is a 21-year-old gainfully employed Long Island girl. Everyone has to have their vehicle out here. For her family to not see her for a few days … we take that very seriously," Fitzharris told reporters.

Searchers Find Sarah Goode's Body

Almost a week after she vanished, on June 12, 2014, a group of searchers found the body of 21-year-old Sarah Goode in the woods within a mile from where her abandoned 1999 BMW was found the day after she was reported missing.

A search party of about 45 people was searching the woods off Camden Court in Medford when Goode's body was found. 

Killer Charged 

On July 12, 2014, a 19-year-old former Marine whose advances were rejected by 21-year-old Long Island mom Sarah Goode was been arrested in connection with her murder. Dante Taylor was arraigned on murder charges in a Central Islip courtroom as grisly details of Goode's death were revealed by prosecutors.

About 50 family members of Goode's were present in court, sometimes responding verbally as prosecutor Janet Albertson described how Goode was killed.

Albertson told the court that Taylor brutally raped Goode then beat her with a sharp metal object so badly that a piece of metal was found in her skull. The inside of Goode's vehicle was covered in blood. Taylor then dumped her body, nude from the waist down, in the woods.

Taylor was arrested last week in Vero Beach, Florida on unrelated charges. Prosecutors said a bloody handprint in Goode's car and text messages between him and Goode on the night she went missing linked him to the murder.

Taylor was charged with second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. In October 2017, the 22-year-old man was found dead in prison. Goode's family responded to this news with a Facebook post, which read: 

“The monster who so violently ended Sarah’s young life will no longer breathe another breath, will no longer see another day, will no longer have the privilege of living a life — something he made certain she could not do. Sarah’s beauty is eternal. Her laugh is unforgettable. Her memories are carved in the hearts of all whom she met.”

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