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June 28, 2012

Canal death ruled a suicide

Tonawanda News — LOCKPORT — The body found floating in the Erie Canal on Tuesday has been identified, Lockport Police disclosed Wednesday.

The victim was Lawrence J. Pichey, 47, of Lockport who had no permanent address. After an autopsy, the Erie County Medical Examiner ruled the death a suicide.

The body was fully clothed, with wallet intact, and there were no signs of trauma. No foul play is suspected.

Pichey was not reported missing. He was reportedly rooming with another person and was put out about a week ago.

Pichey has a son living out of state and his parents live on Slayton Settlement Road.

Police and fire personnel pulled Pichey’s body from the canal around noon Tuesday after tour boat passengers saw the body floating near the Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises dock on Market Street. Phillip Baskerville, one of a group of Pennsylvania tourists visiting the area, saw the body and informed the boat captain who contacted police. 

The body was turned over to the Niagara County Coroner Ken Lederhouse.

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