MOUNT MORRIS — Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty Saturday detailed the circumstances surrounding a deceased body located in the Village of Mount Morris and the pending investigation.

On Friday, at approximately 1:14 p.m., the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call advising that a man had discovered a decomposing body between Mill Street and Main Street in the wooded area of the creek bed. Mount Morris Police Officers were dispatched and arrived on scene, followed by several Deputy Sheriffs of various ranks and specialties.

Following a several hour investigation on scene, the body was ultimately removed to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office. According to the Sheriff, the scene was very well documented by members of our Forensic Identification Unit and our Drone Unit, as well as Sheriff’s Investigators.

The deceased was not immediately identifiable and required more extensive identification procedures. The typically procedures involve DNA, dental or X-Ray comparisons depending on a case by case basis.

Ultimately, an autopsy was performed this morning with our members present. The ME has confidently identified the deceased as James Lowery of Springwater, utilizing x-ray comparisons. Mr. Lowery was reported missing to the New York State Police in November of 2018. He was 70 years old at the time he was reported missing and a known wanderer. The Sheriff's Office is working collaboratively with State Police Investigators, and proper family notifications have been made.

Work also continues with the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine a cause of the death.

The Sheriff again expressed his thanks to members of law enforcement and members of the community, and stresses there is no additional concern for public safety or alarm.

“Our prayers and our hearts are with the friends and family of Mr. Lowery,” stated Sheriff Dougherty. “This is a difficult time for them to process such emotion and we also continue to keep the father and his daughters who discovered Mr. Lowery in our prayers and thoughts as well. There are tough days ahead for a lot of folks and we hope to be able to provide them answers and support them all as we move forward.”