Possible Answers To Unsolved Death Of Firefighter

February 23, 2012 Updated Feb 23, 2012 at 8:53 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 23, 2012 Updated Feb 23, 2012 at 8:53 AM EDT

STOCKTON, N.Y. (WKBW) – It is a very tragic story, surrounded in mystery, but authorities may be releasing some information that can shed light on the case.

Firefighter Jeffrey Roberts, 33, was hunting with friends off Route 60 in Stockton when he shot a deer. Soon after, he was separated from his group and lost contact with them. Hours later, authorities found Roberts body in the woods. He was shot in the chest.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating ever since. One detail they have released is that the gunshot was not self inflicted.

As the investigation continues, those who knew and loved Roberts are still mourning their loss.

“We go way back because my son and he are the same age. He went on vacation with us, and we spent a lot of personal time and family time,” Chairman of the Sheridan Fire Commissioners Jim Crowell said.

Family and friends said Roberts was a loving family man who had passion for his job as a fire fighter at the Sheridan Fire Company. He worked there for ten years, quickly making his way up the ranks to chief. He leaves behind, not only his fellow fire fighters, but also a wife and two young children.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff will be holding a press conference at 1 p.m. at the County Emergency Services in Mayville.

Channel 7 will have an Eyewitness News crew on scene and have the details on Eyewitness News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.