23 July 2019
Major Edward J. Kennedy
Troop A Commander

Cold Case Tuesday: New York State Police in Niagara continue to investigate the discovery of skeletal remains of an unknown male in 1991.

On Saturday June 22, 1991, at 5:04 pm, skeletal remains of an unknown male were found by two teens picking berries in a wooded area off Black Nose Spring Road. 

Black Nose Spring Road is located on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in the town of Lewiston, Niagara County, New York.  The body was found 36 feet from the roads edge in an 11-foot-deep ravine. 

The body was bound with cord and the victim’s mouth had been gagged with a washcloth.  The manner of death of his death is unknown.

The victim is believed to be an African American male who was 30 to 45 years old and between 5’7” to 5’10” tall.  The victim was found to have sustained broken ribs as well as facial fractures which had healed prior to his death and may have been the result of the sport of boxing.

The victim was wearing a white-short sleeve V-Neck undershirt (Fruit of the Loom size 42-44) and long, light-colored underwear (Haines medium).

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 585-344-6200.  Please refer to SJS # 1197767.


Sketch of victim

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