Gene Talerico, first assistant district attorney in Lackawanna County, Pa., said Tuesday that means New York will have jurisdiction in the case of 25-year-old Laura Garza.
Garza disappeared in 2008 after leaving a Manhattan nightclub with a sex offender. Her remains were found last week near Scranton, Pa.
The sex offender, Michael Mele, has been investigated but not charged in the case. He is imprisoned on a parole violation and was denied release last month.
New York state police Capt. Wayne Olson said New York officials have been working on the assumption that Garza was killed in New York.