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Woman found dead in Livingston Co.

Hemlock, N.Y. - A Hemlock man is charged with tampering with physical evidence after a dead body was found in the woods behind his house.

The arrest of Gary C. Flemke, 61, stems from an investigation of a missing person and later the body of a female behind the residence at 5215 Bald Hill Road in the Town of Livonia, Hamlet of Hemlock.

Im confident well have more charges in the near future on the same suspect who was arrested today [Saturday]," said Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Livingston County.

The investigation began just after 8pm Friday night.

The Livingston County E911 Center received a complaint from an out of state family member that he could not reach his mother. A deputy was dispatched to her residence to attempt to locate her.

After checking the residence and finding no one home, the deputy checked with neighbors and also tried her cell phone. Her whereabouts remained unknown.

After further investigation, the whereabouts of her husband, Flemke, were also unknown.

Deputies launched a missing persons report and eventually found Flemke in Dansville.

Friday night into Saturday morning, crews searched for evidence at the Bald Hill Road home.

The victim's body was found in a wooded area behind the home. Her death is considered suspicious.

Flemke was arraigned in the Town of Livonia Court before Justice Robert Lemen.

He was remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $250,000 cash bail.

Lori Scala of Hemlock said, Its shocking I mean its very shocking thing. I dont think theres ever been anything like that here. I mean everybodys friendly, everybody talks to everybody. 

Back in the eighties you would never think any of this stuff would ever happen, just kind of kosher pickle, more or less," said Curt Stephens who grew up in Hemlock. "I dont know I guess I never thought something like this would happen. 

The investigation into the death is ongoing.

 
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