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Elderly Batavia man found dead near his damaged car

ALEXANDER – An 84-year-old Town of Batavia man was found dead in a field off Cookson Road in this Genesee County township by state police and Genesee County sheriff’s deputies Wednesday morning.

The body of Alphonse Spiotta was found about an hour after authorities got reports of what proved to be his slightly damaged car on Cookson Road after it apparently struck a tree. The vehicle was empty when found and a search was launched, resulting in the discovery of the man’s body nearby.

Genesee County Coroner Barry Miller pronounced Spiotta dead at the scene but the cause of his death remained under investigation.