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Man arrested in North Tonawanda woman’s death

The man sought in connection with the death of a North Tonawanda woman was arrested and charged Saturday with second-degree murder.

Brian C. Lowry faces felony charges in the death of 34-year-old Heather M. Rylowicz, whose body was found in her Lincoln Avenue home Wednesday.

Lowry was located by North Tonawanda police with the assistance of Buffalo police. After he was interviewed by North Tonawanda detectives, he was arrested and charged.

Though police described Lowry, 32, as an acquaintance of the slain woman, Lowry’s Facebook page asserts that there was a romantic relationship between the two.

“I have the best girlfriend (Heather) in the world!!” Lowry wrote on his Facebook profile.

In a Sept. 10 post, Lowry wrote, “I LOVE YOU MY PRINCESS HEATHER!!!”

Police had refused to speculate about how the woman died but did classify her death as a homicide after an autopsy reached that conclusion Friday.

Lowry is from Ypsilanti, Mich., where he graduated from Lincoln High School in 1998, according to his Facebook profile.

According to her Facebook profile, Rylowicz worked at Glidden Machine and Tool in North Tonawanda.

Rylowicz was from Brocton in Chautauqua County, where she graduated from Brocton Central Schools in 1997. She also attended Jamestown Community College, according to her Facebook profile.

Neighbors said Rylowicz was friendly and was fond of playing with her dog in the rear of the two-story home.

One neighbor said arguments between the victim and her boyfriend were common a few months ago, but they didn’t recall police ever responding to the home.

Neighbors initially alerted police about their concern for the woman’s well-being after mail began piling up at the house and her dog was seen in the window. Rylowicz – who was known to have kept an otherwise routine schedule – hadn’t been seen by neighbors, which was unusual for her, they said. The woman’s car had also been away from the home for two weeks or so, according to neighbors’ reports.

Police released few details about Lowry or any apparent motive for the homicide.