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Fairport man's death ruled a homicide

Pittsford, N.Y. - Monroe County Sheriff's investigators are looking for help to determine who killed a man and left his body in a Pittsford cornfield/

"He was deceased with a gunshot wound, it was determined to be a homicide," said Chief Deputy Drew Forsythe.

Jeffrey Newland owns his own business. He was well known for his work with civic organizations in Rochester. His family first reported him missing Monday evening. They went searching for him and found his car on Golf Avenue in Pittsford.

"There's a little pullover, almost a rest area along the side of Golf Avenue that's where the car was found," said Captain Michael Fowler. The doors were open, the trunk was open, and the vehicle was up on a jack.

The police search Monday was called off because of darkness and Monday morning the body was discovered during an air search of the dense cornfield in the immediate area. The body was found 200 to 300 feet from the car.

Police are not revealing the type of gun that was used or whether it has been recovered. "I'm not going to comment on any of the specifics in regards to the weapon," said Chief Deputy Forsythe.

Jeffrey Newland is the past executive director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He ran a mentoring project at Lifespan.

In 2005 he was featured in a "Bright Spot" segment on 13WHAM News for contributions his family made to The Ronald McDonald House. Recently he had started his own consulting business.

13WHAM News has learned Newland left his home around 5 a.m. Monday. He had an appointment with an individual and then was to speak to a networking group at 7:30 a.m. He did not make the second appointment and it's unclear if he made the first.

"That's part of our investigation and we're just trying to run down leads at this point," said Forsythe.

He said there was no indication this was a robbery, the victim had his wallet and nothing appeared to be missing from the car. Police are asking anyone who may have traveled through that area near Monroe Golf Club - especially in the early morning hours Monday to recall anything they might have seen.

"We need the public's help if there was anything suspicious - people, vehicles, people walking in the roadway," said Forsythe.

Jeffrey Newland is 49 years old. He leaves behind a wife and two grown sons. Reached at their home in Fairport, they declined to comment.

Jane Flasch, 13WHAM-TV
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