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Police continue to probe death of man found in parking lot

OBSERVER Photo by Anthony Dolce New York state troopers are pictured June 11 outside the South Shore Motor Lodge in the town of Dunkirk. A body was discovered around 2:45 a.m.

Investigators with the New York State Police spent hours collecting evidence and searching the area near the South Shore Motor Lodge in the town of Dunkirk after a man’s body was found early Friday.

Few details were made available, though Capt. Eric Balon of the state police confirmed an investigation remained ongoing and that interviews surrounding the man’s death had taken place.

Troopers based at the Fredonia police barracks were asked around 2:45 a.m. to check on the welfare of a person at the 5040 Route 5 property. A man, who was not identified by name, was reportedly located in the parking lot.

In a brief news release, the state police said its Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Identification Unit were “investigating this incident.”

It was not reported how the man died or if his death was being viewed as a homicide or accident. However, members of the West Dunkirk Fire Department had been called to the same location around 2:50 a.m. for a person with a possible gunshot wound. EMS personnel were eventually canceled, and a county coroner was called to the scene.

The phone number listed for the South Shore Motor Lodge did not appear to be working Friday.

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