Man bound in cord, gagged found in 11-ft ravine

State Police still trying to identify victim
Posted at 9:02 AM, Jul 19, 2016

Twenty-five years ago, the skeletal remains of man who was bound with cord and gagged were found near Lewiston and State Police are still working to find out who he was.

On Saturday, June 22, 1991, two teens were picking berries in a wooded area off Black Nose Spring Road on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in Niagara County. Around 5pm, they found the man’s body in an 11-foot ravine, around 30 feet from the edge of the road.

Police believe the man was African American, between 35- to 45-years-old and between 5’7” tall and 5’10” tall. He was found bound with cord and gagged. He had broken ribs and facial fractures, which had healed prior to his death, and troopers theorize the injuries may have been from boxing.

The man 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 on this cold case who could help State Police identify the victim is asked to call 716-434-5589.