West Leyden body sent for autopsy

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WEST LEYDEN — The investigation is continuing into the body found at the rural Lewis County home. Law enforcement officials said on Thursday that the body has been sent to a medical examiner in Binghamton for DNA identification.

The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Inv. Edwards Amelio said the body was transferred to Binghamton Thursday morning to begin autopsy examinations and to help positively identify the body. He noted that they believe they know the identity, and have notified the next of kin of the possibility. The identity has not been released.

Amelio said positive DNA identification could take “months.”

The cause of death and how long the body had been dead remain under investigation.

Amelio said the sole resident at the home on Mud Lake Road passed away recently in the hospital. When family went to the property afterwards on Saturday, Nov. 27, Amelio said they found the dead body of another person outside. He declined to discuss specific details of how or where the body was found, and in what condition.

The carcass of a dead horse was also found in the barn on the property, Amelio noted on Thursday.

No arrests have been made in the case so far.

Amelio said his office is continuing to follow leads and interview people who may have information about the property and the residents.

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