15 June 2021
Major James M. Hall
Troop A Commander


Cold Case Tuesday: Troop A continues to investigate the 1991 discovery of skeletal remains in Niagara County

New York State Police in Niagara continue to investigate the discovery of skeletal remains of an unknown man nearly 30 years ago.

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 about 30 feet from the road’s edge in an 11-foot ravine.

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

The victim is believed to be an African American male, 30 to 45 years old, between 5’7 to 5’10 tall. At one point, the victim sustained broken ribs and facial fractures which healed prior to his death. The injuries 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 the New York State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 585-344-6200. 

Please refer to SJS # 1197767.

Scene area

Sketch rendered from remains

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