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The body of a 40-year-old man sought on attempted murder charges in connection with stabbing his estranged wife was discovered Wednesday in a North Collins field, according to Erie County Undersheriff Timothy B. Howard.

David E. Inglut's badly decomposed body was found at the edge of a field southeast of Genesee and Ketchum roads about 7:15 a.m. by a North Collins resident. The body was clothed in blue jeans and a hooded jacket that matched a description of what he was wearing during a dispute with his wife, Sherry M. Inglut, 29, on the morning of Christmas Eve.

An autopsy was conducted Thursday at the Erie County medical examiner's office, however, no conclusive cause of death was established. Police have ruled out foul play.

"We don't have any indication there was any criminal conduct against David that resulted in his death," Howard said.

A friend of Ms. Inglut's family, who was staying at her Gowanda home, was credited with disarming the attacker and possibly saving the woman's life, sheriff's deputies said.

Inglut allegedly became abusive after Ms. Inglut announced earlier in December she was seeking a divorce. Authorities reported responding to an argument between the two on Dec. 12 when Inglut punched a hole in a wall.

Deputies recovered an abandoned car Inglut used to flee the scene of the Dec. 24 stabbing in a ditch at Marshfield and Ketchum roads. Heavy snow hampered efforts to locate Inglut Dec. 24.

"There was nothing to indicate where the person went after he left the car," Howard said.

As weather permitted, deputies, state police and officers from the state Department of Conservation conducted several subsequent searches for Inglut over the following weeks.

Inglut's body was found Wednesday about seven-tenths of a mile from where his car went into that ditch. It's likely he died later Christmas Eve or shortly thereafter, authorities said.

The weather is believed to be a factor in his death. Temperatures on Christmas Eve ranged from 8 to 20 degrees and from 3 to 16 degrees on Christmas Day, authorities said.


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