Clymer School Superintendent Keith L. Reed Jr. died of multiple gunshot wounds, and his death has been ruled a homicide, authorities confirmed Tuesday. But law enforcement officials still don't know when Reed died, after an autopsy Tuesday by the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office.
"We don't know for sure," Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace said. "We were hoping we would get something out of the autopsy that would pinpoint [the time of death]."
Reed, who lived alone, was last seen Friday evening, and authorities have said it's possible that he was killed early in the weekend. His body was found Monday morning by a sheriff's K-9 dog outside his home on Clymer-Sherman Road. Friends reported him missing late Sunday.
Authorities remained tight-lipped Tuesday about what they know about the circumstances surrounding the death of the popular school administrator. They aren't saying, for instance, whether they believe the killing was related to Reed's job or his personal life.
"Right now, the investigation is looking into anything and everything," Gerace said. "I've got a crew of investigators out following up on leads. There's no significant advancement yet in the investigation. We haven't pinpointed what we believe to be the exact chain of events."
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is working with the State Police, the FBI, the District Attorney's Office and the 18-member Forensic Identification Team, which is made up of investigators from every local police agency in the county. Investigators are grappling with the issue of a quiet town in the southwest corner of Western New York dealing with this tragedy. "I've been on the job for 34 years," Gerace said. "I can't remember a homicide in Clymer."