Body Of A Woman Found In Cattaraugus County

March 30, 2012 Updated Mar 30, 2012 at 7:26 PM EDT

By WKBW News


Body Of A Woman Found In Cattaraugus County

March 30, 2012 Updated Mar 30, 2012 at 7:26 PM EDT

TOWN OF RED HOUSE, N.Y. ( release ) An investigation is being performed by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Bureau into the death of Patricia A. John.

The date of birth of Patricia John is listed at 8/24/1964.

John's body was found after deputies responded to the Red House Bridge on old Route 17 in the Town of Red House for a report of a woman who had fallen off of the bridge.

Deputies report that Miss John's death appears accidental, however the investigation is still ongoing.

Seneca President Comments on Bridge Accident

Death of Seneca woman on Red House Bridge points up transportation issues

ALLEGANY TERRITORY, Salamanca, NY March 30, 2012 – The following is a statement from Seneca Nation of Indians President Robert Odawi Porter following an accident early today on the Red House Bridge on the Seneca Nation’s territory here.

[New York state originally built Red House Bridge as part of the former Route 17, maintained it, condemned it as a result the flowage easement for the Kinzua Dam project in the early 1960s, and then closed the bridge. State Department of Transportation’s last inspection and safety rating was in 1988. Prior to a Seneca Nation Council resolution about the bridge in December 2007, New York DOT agreed to undertake the bridge’s replacement. That has not yet been done.]

“We wish to express our profound sorrow about the tragic death of one of our Seneca Nation members last night, and the injury to her companion. We extend our people’s condolences to their families.

“The Nation, in cooperation with local law enforcement authorities, initiated an investigation into this incident. The bridge and the area where the accident occurred, both of which are closed to the public, are within our territory, but replacement was the responsibility of the state, by agreement with the Nation. A new bridge is currently in the design stage by NYSDOT.”