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Homicide detectives are seeking the public's help in finding the person responsible for the death of Keith Sutherland.

At 2:30 a.m. Oct. 21, officers on patrol spotted a 1995 black, two-door Buick Skylark in the lot at the Tifft Nature Preserve. The lights and driver's-side window were smashed. A search of the area led to the discovery of Sutherland's body floating in the Tifft lake. He had been beaten and stabbed to death.

Sutherland, 45, was white, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 170 pounds, with brown hair, mustache and goatee; he wore thick glasses. He was wearing a nylon Buffalo Bills jacket, blue jeans and sneakers.

He was reported missing three days earlier. He worked at the Ames store in Blasdell and had been staying with his sister in downtown Buffalo and at Transitional Housing Services on Forest Avenue. Homicide detectives believe Sutherland was killed between 7 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. during a confrontation that began at or near his vehicle and continued near the Tifft visitors center.

If you have any information regarding this crime or any other unsolved felony, please call the Crimestoppers coordinators at 856-5600. You will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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