Man found dead in a southwest creek had ties to Ithaca and Cortland communities

September 16, 2014 by Mark H. Anbinder

After receiving reports of a body in a creek in Ithaca's southwest on Tuesday morning, the Ithaca Police Department responded to the area. IPD public information officer Jamie Williamson tells us the dead man had ties to both the Ithaca and Cortland communities.

The man, who police are not identifying until family can be notified, was a medium-skinned black male, about 20 years old, 6'2" tall, and about 270 pounds. He was wearing a grey t-shirt, dark colored jeans, and flip-flops at the time he was found.

IPD reportedly found the man in a creekbed adjacent to an access road that runs between Elmira Road and Fairgrounds Memorial Parkway. The area in Ithaca's southwest is home to a number of shopping plazas, eateries, and car dealerships.

Williamson says that, after a preliminary investigation, it doesn't appear foul play was involved, but an autopsy and toxicology examination will be completed at a nearby hospital.

IPD asks that anyone who might have seen the victim yesterday or this morning, or with other information that might aid their investigation, contact them through police dispatch at 607-272-3245, the administration line at 607-272-9973, the Crimestoppers Tipline at 607-697-0333, or the anonymous online tip form.

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