22 December 2020
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 unidentified man 29 years ago in Niagara County.

On Saturday, June 22, 1991 at 5:04 pm, skeletal remains of an unknown male were found by two teens in the Town of Lewiston.  The teens were picking berries in a wooded area off Black Nose Spring Road, located on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in Niagara County.  The body was found about 30 feet from the road’s edge, in an 11-foot ravine. 

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

The victim is believed to be an African American male, 30 to 45 years old, and was between 5’7 to 5’10.  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 (Hanes- medium).

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

Location where remains were found

Forensic sketch of remains

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