LIVONIA — Authorities in Livingston County say a dead female body found behind a residence at 5215 Bald Hill Rd. in the Hamlet of Hemlock is being treated as "suspicious in nature."
Meanwhile, the Livingston County Sheriff's Office says 61-year-old Gary C. Flemke, of Hemlock, is facing felony tampering with physical evidence charges, stemming from an initial missing person report and then the discovery of the dead woman.
Authorities said the investigation will continue to the "fullest extent and further charges are forthcoming."
On Sunday, Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty told the Evening Tribune that the woman was a homicide victim.
The Sheriff's Office said late Saturday that it was withholding the victim's name until her identity can be confirmed "absolutely." Forensic Identification technicians from the sheriff's office and New York State Police worked together at the scene throughout Friday night and all day Saturday.
Police said the investigation began at 8 p.m. Friday when the Livingston County E-911 center received a complaint from an out of state family member reporting that he could not reach his mother.
"A deputy was dispatched to her residence to attempt to locate her and check her welfare," the Livingston County Sheriff''s office said in news release issued to local media. "After checking the residence and finding no one home, the deputy checked with neighbors and also tried her cell phone. Her whereabouts remained unknown and after further investigation, the whereabouts of her husband, Gary C. Flemke, were also unknown."
Mr. Flemke was located in the village of Dansville, authorities said, after police initiated a missing person report, checked cell phones for activity and established a data base with license and vehicle information. Flemke was arraigned in the Town of Livonia Court before Justice Robert Lemen and was remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $250,000 cash bail.
"Throughout the overnight hours and into (Saturday), sheriff's office deputies, New York State troopers, and the Livingston County District Attorney's Office were at the residence gathering evidence as to what occurred," the sheriff's office said in the release.
The Dansville Village Police Department was instrumental in helping to locate Flemke and his vehicle, the sheriff's office said.
According to the news release, the victim was found deceased in an outside location behind the residence. Livingston County Coroner Phil Grandshaw and the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office are also involved in the investigation. A law enforcement source said the body was not discovered immediately, but the official was not able to say precisely when the body was found or the timing of Flemke's arrest.