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July 19, 2013

Second pool of blood leads police to teen

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A city teenager was sent Thursday for a psychiatric evaluation after a second pool of blood in three days was discovered in the downtown area, and evidence left behind led Lockport police to the teen.

Workers involved with dismantling the city parking garage called police Thursday morning after they arrived for work and found the blood.

Police recovered clothing and a cell phone from the scene. Det. Capt. Rick Podgers said the phone was key to finding the teen.

"We were able to search the phone and develop leads," Podgers said.

Just after 4 p.m. Thursday, Podgers said, the teen came to police headquarters where he was interviewed and then transferred to Niagara Falls Medical Center for the psychiatric evaluation. Podgers said pictures were taken of the teen's wounds, which consisted of slashing on his arms and other parts of his body.

"The best we can tell is the first time he was more serious (about following through) than the second time," said Podgers.

Tuesday evening police responded to the wooded area behind Urban Towers after a couple had discovered a pool of blood along a canal path.

A search began for a victim, but was called off because of darkness. When the search resumed Wednesday morning, a K-9 unit was brought in. The dog led searchers to the south canal bank, and police began an underwater search for a body, but they came up empty.

The teen's name is being withheld by police.

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