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Police investigating the shooting death of a businessman in his Route 219 home July 18 have for the second time searched the Cattaraugus County Creek gorge near the Cattaraugus-Erie County line.

Officers from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department and State Police, who are jointly investigating the death of Kenneth L. Tatar, 27, conducted a second search of the gorge area Saturday.

They used ropes to rappel down the Route 219 bridge to search for items that may lead them to Tatar's killer.

Some items recovered during an earlier search last week may be useful, said Cattaraugus County Sheriff Ernest J. Dustman. Those items have been sent to the State Police Forensic Laboratory in Albany for testing.

Police have not said if they recovered the weapon used to shoot Tatar several times, including once in the head. They said no motive has been established.

Since the homicide, police have conducted three road checks along Route 219 in the area of the house Tatar shared with his parents, Andrew and Shirley Tatar. It is adjacent to the family's business, World of Wheels Skateland.

Tatar's parents had gone out to dinner at about 5:30 p.m. and upon returning four hours later found their son had been shot to death and was still sitting in a chair. Police said there was no sign of forced entry into the home.

Police are urging anyone who was in the vicinity of the Tatar house or business between 5:30 and 10:30 p.m. July 18 or with information concerning the homicide to contact them at 938-9191 or 1-800-443-3403. All calls will be kept confidential.

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