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Police complete Rowley Street search
Rochester, N.Y. - Investigators carried dozens of boxes of evidence from the home at 37 Rowley Street Friday, several hours before police announced they had completed a thorough search of the property.
This is like out of a horror movie, it's just sick, Jayna Cooper said and she watched investigators work behind the yellow tape.
Nearly 48-hours after the body of a missing man was discovered behind the home, police had dug up the yard and meticulously searched the entire property.
Rochester interim police chief, Mike Ciminelli said, "Every case is different we look at the information and the evidence that we have and that's what guides what we do so in this case we looked at what we had."
The body of Matthew Straton was found partially buried in the backyard of the home on Rowley Street Wednesday night, about two and half months after he was reported missing.
"It's terrible, going 80 days without knowing anything and then having his body found and still not having the answers to these questions, said Cooper, a close friend of the Straton family.
The owner of the property, a psychiatrist who lived and work at the home, William Lewek, has been charged in connection to the discovery of the body.
Clearly, the doctor obviously knew he was in his back yard because he put him there and that is sick in itself, Cooper said.
Lewek pled not guilty to charges of tampering with evidence and possession of a controlled substance in city court Friday. But there are no charges relating to how that body got there or how the death of the young gentleman. said, Matthew Parrinello, Leweks lawyer.
Initially set at $500,000, Parrinello got the judge to lower Lewek bail to $350,000. Parrinello said he thinks even that is excessive but at $350,000, he is optimistic Lewek will be out of jail early next week.
We can't jump to any conclusions about the cause of death, Parrinello said.
The District Attorney could file additional charges once the toxicology report comes back, but that could take at least three weeks.
Without a full report from the medical examiner, police would not comment or speculate on the cause of death.
Cooper said, My heart hurts for Matt because I don't know what he went through in his final days.