NYSP: Investigation of St. Lawrence County suicide leads to arrests in Pakistan

News release


Update March 28, 2022:  The suspects arrested in Pakistan are identified as Muhammed Arslan Saeed and Kamal Anwar.


Original release:

The State Police today announced that an investigation into the suicide of a St. Lawrence County teenager has resulted in the arrest of two subjects by the Federal Investigative Agency of Pakistan.

On March 3, 2021, State Troopers responded to a residence in Lisbon for a reported suicide by an 18-year-old female.  An investigation determined that the female, Shylynn Dixon, had shared nude photographs with a subject online who then attempted to blackmail her by threatening to post and then posting the photos on social media sites.

Investigative work by Troop B in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation determined that the Facebook account used to blackmail Dixon originated from Pakistan. The FBI shared the case information with its legal attache in Pakistan, and it was then shared with law enforcement, leading to the arrests.

The identity of one of the suspects is Sohail Khan of Rawalpindi. The identity of the second subject is not known.

The State Police would like to acknowledge the efforts of its members, the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York for their work on this case.