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Autopsy determines body found in Massena was a female; no ID yet

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MASSENA — An autopsy conducted Tuesday on a body found last week in the Massena Industrial Park has determined the person was a female.

Other information, however, such as the person’s identity and cause of death, will not be available until additional testing is done, according to Capt. Robert S. LaFountain of the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The autopsy was conducted Tuesday by Dr. Michael Sikirica, a forensic pathologist at Albany Medical Center.

Toxicology and DNA testing have to be completed, he said.

State police continue to check databases of missing persons since the body was discovered Friday in a wooded area near the ARC Bottle Redemption Center in the Massena Industrial Park off Route 420.

“We’re following up on leads from the public. Out of the ones we’ve received, we have been able to verify that some of those individuals that were reported missing to us were located in good health,” Capt. LaFountain said.

He said police continue to seek reports of anyone who is missing but has not yet been reported to law enforcement.

“Sometimes people wait for an extended period of time” to report a missing person, he said.

Anyone who is aware of a missing-person case that has not yet been reported to law enforcement is asked to call state police at 518-897-2000.

Police are still trying to establish the time of death, Capt. LaFountain said.

“We have an indication,” he said. “We’re not releasing that information. We’d rather wait until we get an expert opinion.”

Senior Investigator John H. Donohue, a state police BCI investigator in Ray Brook, said Saturday that the partially wrapped body was discovered by someone walking in the woods Friday afternoon. He said initial evidence suggested the body had been there for some time.

On Tuesday, however, Capt. LaFountain declined to comment on the specifics.

“We’re not releasing that information at this time,” he said

St. Lawrence County Coroner James M. Sienkiewycz, who responded to the scene Friday afternoon, had said that the remains were too decomposed to offer any clue about the individual. He ordered the body removed and sent to Albany for the autopsy.

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