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November 28, 2012

Lowry admits 'involvement' in death

Tonawanda News — North Tonawanda police said Brian Lowry, the man charged with killing his Lincoln Avenue girlfriend, “admitted his involvement” to detectives. 

When asked, Capt. William Hall stopped short of calling Lowry’s statement a confession, but following the admissions they charged him with second-degree murder in the death of Heather M. Rylowicz.

“He gave investigators a statement and he admitted his involvement,” Hall said. 

Police are continuing an investigation into the circumstances related to the homicide, though Hall said Rylowicz, 34, died of a combination of blunt- and sharp-force trauma to her neck and head before being discovered by the authorities in her Lincoln Avenue home after concerns arose among her neighbors that she was missing. 

Some Lincoln Avenue residents also told police Lowry lived with the victim during the last several months and their online Facebook profiles show they began dating in July. 

Investigators working on the case refused to disclose what weapons were used to inflict the fatal wounds, though they continue to work with the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office, according to Hall.

Lowry will appear in North Tonawanda City Court today to answer the second-degree murder charge.

Police have also located Rylowicz’s missing vehicle.

A green 2008 Ford Taurus station wagon was being held by New York State Police since an unnamed driver was recently charged on the I-190 with DWI. North Tonawanda police had been seeking its whereabouts since Rylowicz was found dead Nov. 21.

However, police don’t believe the individual arrested for DWI was involved in the the woman’s homicide. 

“The party that had it knew the suspect,” Hall said. “It was disabled on the 190, they ended up arresting the driver for DWI.” 

Lowry, a 32-year-old Michigan native, is being held without bail at Niagara County Jail after being taken into custody by Buffalo police on Saturday and transported to North Tonawanda police headquarters, where he was charged the following morning.  

It’s been nearly 10 years since a homicide last took place within the city’s borders, according to police Chief Randy Szukala. 

A funeral was held for Rylowicz in Fredonia on Tuesday. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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