Bills Fan Found Dead After Game

November 16, 2012 Updated Nov 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

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November 16, 2012 Updated Nov 16, 2012 at 1:35 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW) - Ralph Wilson Stadium was filled with excitement as the Bills broke their losing streak, but it took a turn for the worse for one fan.

"A 26-year-old male was separated from his party here at the stadium. He was attending the football game. They were supposed to meet at a local establishment. When he didn't show, they called the sheriff's department to report it," Orchard Park Police Chief Andrew Benz said.

Friends, family and members of the Erie County Sheriff's Office searched for the man throughout the night before calling additional crews to the scene just before 6 a.m.

According to friends, the missing man had a cell phone on him when he left the group. Crews used that to their advantage.

"Through the cell phone carrier we got a general idea or starting point," Windom Fire Department Chief Nick Lobur said.

They began to search the wooded area behind the stadium near Shadow Lane in Orchard Park. They searched on foot and by air with the help of the Erie County Sheriff's Air One Helicopter.

"It's a very wooded area so it's not easy to access but we were lucky to access this near Shadow Lane and follow the power lines," Lobur said.

Sadly, less than an hour later, the search came to a screeching halt when a member of the search crew found the man's body at the bed of Smokes Creek. The medical examiner went to the body and is still trying to determine cause of death.

Officials and resident who live nearby said that area is dangerous.

"Behind the stadium there are some steep areas where the body is," Lobur said.

Authorities could not confirm that alcohol was a factor and said they do not have reason to suspect foul play.

"Any time you go to a game for fun and for the entertainment of it and it ends in such tragedy, it's really just terrible," Benz said.

The investigation into the man's death continues at this time.

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