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State Police investigate found body in the town of Portland


FREDONIA -- On April 21, 2018 at 3:20 P.M. the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) out of SP Fredonia responded to a report of a found unidentified male body located off State Hwy 20 in the town of Portland.  An operator traveling on State Hwy 20 located the deceased.  The body is scheduled for an autopsy to determine the identity and the cause of death.

The New York State Police in Fredonia are investigating the suspicious death of Brian Heyden, age 47, who was found deceased on April 21, 2018 in a wooded area just off RT-20 in the Town of Portland.  The victim was homeless and known to travel from his encampment just west of Brocton to Fredonia on a daily basis

**The NYSP at SP Fredonia is requesting the publics assistance with this ongoing investigation.  It is believed that Mr. Heyden received a ride from a passing motorist on Friday April 20, 2018 in the afternoon.  It is believed Mr. Heyden was picked up on Route 20 in the village of Fredonia and traveled west on Route 20 in a white or light colored pickup truck.

Any person with information or who may have had contact with him, please call the New York State Police at 716-665-3114 or e-mail information to crimetip@troopers.ny.gov.

This is still an ongoing investigation and no information will be given at this time.

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