Body found on Market Street


Niagara County Coroner Kenneth Lederhouse and a team of city firefighters and medical personnel get ready to extract a body from a wooden area on Market Street.

Authorities are withholding the name of a deceased man, whose body was found Thursday in a wooded area behind the marina at Widewaters.

The Lockport Police Department said the body was identified at the scene, but a name is being withheld until the victim's family is notified. The Niagara County Coroner's Office is in the process of contacting the next of kin, police said.

The body was found at 1:54 p.m. Thursday afternoon by two city streets workers. The city employees had been working on a nearby sewage drain when they found the body.

Niagara County Coroner Kenneth Lederhouse was called to the scene Thursday by Lockport police to determine the cause and time of the victim's death, but was unable to do so due to the “advanced stage of decomposition” of the body.

Lederhouse was able to determined that the victim was a white male. An age is yet to be determined, however.

The Niagara Falls Police Department's Crime Scene Unit and Lockport Fire Department joined the LPD at the scene.

A full autopsy will be conducted at the Erie County Medical Examiners Office this morning to determine an exact time and cause of death.

Although all cases are treated as homicides until proven otherwise, Detective Lt. Todd Chenez said he sees no initial signs of foul play.

Further investigation is underway and more information will be released once next of kin is notified, police said.

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