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Skeletal remains found bound & gagged: Investigators look to reignite Lewiston cold case

Posted at 12:17 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 12:18:17-04

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WKBW)  — It was a gruesome discovery dating back to 1991. Now, 28 years later, State Police are hoping someone has insight or information regarding skeletal remains found bound and gagged.

According to investigators, the remains of the unknown man were found on Saturday June 22, 1991, by two teens who were picking berries in a wooded area off Black Nose Spring Road.

Black Nose Spring Road is located on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in Lewiston. The body was found 36 feet from the roads edge in an 11-foot-deep ravine.

Investigators say the body was bound with cord and the victim’s mouth had been gagged with a washcloth. The manner of his death is still unknown.

The victim is believed to be an African American man who was 30 to 45 years old and between 5’7” to 5’10” tall. The victim was found to have sustained broken ribs as well as facial fractures which had healed prior to his death and may, according to investigators, have been the result 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 is asked to contact New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 585-344-6200. Please refer to SJS # 1197767.