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November 22, 2012

Neighbor IDs Lincoln Ave. homicide victim

Tonawanda News — The homicide victim that was found in her North Tonawanda home Wednesday afternoon has been identified as Heather M. Rylowicz, according to a neighbor.

Rylowicz is in her early 30s and lived at 201 Lincoln Ave. for about four years. Police are continuing to release limited information on the case, but Jackie Rogge, Rylowicz's next-door neighbor, provided some details about how the last few days have gone.

Rogge alerted police Tuesday about 1 p.m after she noticed mail and papers piling up on the woman's porch, and hadn't seen her outside for days.

"That just wasn't like her," Rogge said.

Rylowicz's car hadn't been in the driveway for the better part of a week, either.

"I thought maybe there was something wrong, and she had gone to visit her parents," Rogge said. "They live in the Southern Tier." 

But yesterday, Rogge was walking near the side of the victim's home and saw Rylowicz's dog jumping at the window. It wasn't normal for Rylowicz to leave her dog home alone, and Rogge hadn't seen her or her car for days. She knocked on the door, but no one answered.

"Then I knew there was something wrong," she said.

According to Rogge, Rylowicz's boyfriend also lived in the two-story home. Rogge said she hasn't seen him in the neighborhood for several days.

Police Chief Randy Szukala would not comment on whether the victim's boyfriend is a suspect in the case or if they have located him.

"I can't say a word," he said.

However, Rogge said it doesn't seem as if anyone broke in and all the doors were locked from the inside.

"The police had to jimmy the back door's locks in order to get inside," Rogge said.

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