Tonawanda News


November 22, 2012

Neighbor IDs Lincoln Ave. homicide victim


Tonawanda News —

Szukala did say, however, that an autopsy is scheduled for this morning. It's still not clear how long Weber was in the home before police found her, and Szukala wouldn't comment on how far back Rylowicz's unopened mail went.

"After the autopsy, we should be able to give more detail on cause and how long she was there," he said. 

"We are suspecting homicide," Szukala added. 

Szukala said she had been there for "more than a day" and Rogge said she hasn't seen her for at least several days.

Once police arrived on the scene, they were greeted by the woman's large dog, which prevented their entrance. SPCA workers arrived to control and remove the animal.

Rylowicz's home was cordoned off with crime tape for most of Wednesday and detectives didn't leave the scene until late that night. Thursday, they processed evidence obtained from the scene. 

Although Szukala would not release many details from the crime scene, he did say the body appeared "very unnatural" and the homicide likely occurred within the home.

Detectives are continuing their work to determine who may have had motivations to kill Rylowicz. The case is their first homicide investigation in nearly a decade, according to Szukala.

Rogge, who has lived next to Weber for more than two years, also provided a few personal details about the victim, and said Weber recently got a new job.

"She was quiet and nice, and kept to herself," Rogge said.

This article was revised to reflect the following correction:

The name of a homicide victim in North Tonawanda given to the News by a neighbor was incorrect in Friday's paper. The deceased woman's correct name is Heather M. Rylowicz.

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