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CAR TIED TO DEATH OF N. BUFFALO MAN FOUND

An investigation was continuing today into the slaying of a 22-year-old North Buffalo man whose body was found Friday in a Wyoming County ditch, authorities said.

Buffalo police on Sunday found a stolen car that might have played a role in the death of Casey Kaminski of Merrimac Street.

Wyoming County investigators were tight-lipped on details about how the young man was killed. However, acquaintances of Kaminski said he was bludgeoned to death.

His body was found along Stedman Road in the Town of Bennington, authorities said.

The car, which belongs to Kaminski's mother, Carol Reis, was recovered at Bird and Windsor avenues Sunday and is being checked for fingerprints and other possible clues into the slaying, authorities said.

Wyoming County investigators met this morning with Capt. Joseph Riga, chief of the Buffalo Homicide Bureau, to discuss the case. "We offered them our full cooperation," Riga said.

Police believe Kaminski was killed in Wyoming County, but the exact time of his death has not been established, according to Wyoming County Coroner Renee Hill.

"We're working on that and other aspects of the case, but we're not releasing how he died for purposes of security in the case," Ms. Hill said.

Kaminski, who was unemployed, was reported missing on Tuesday, the same day his mother's car was reported stolen. The 1989 white, four-door Mazda was taken from the family's residence in the 200 block of Merrimac, police said.

A 1994 graduate of Hutchinson-Central Technical High School, Kaminski was well-liked at the school and was a champion swimmer, family members said.

"He was a very gifted, intelligent and caring individual who was loved by a lot of people," Ms. Reis said. "Casey was interested in life."

Besides his mother, he is survived by his father, Andrew Kaminski of Syracuse, and a younger brother, Kristopher Kaminski. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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