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Death of woman found in Rother Avenue house ruled a homicide

The body of a woman reported missing nearly two months ago was discovered in a home on Rother Avenue Saturday afternoon and her death has been ruled a homicide.

Police identified the victim as Twynette Rivers, 42. Her body was found at about 4 p.m. in a house on the first block of Rother, on the city’s East Side.

An autopsy by the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office found she died of blunt force trauma. Police would not disclose how long she had been dead when she was discovered.

Rivers had been reported missing from a group home on Sycamore Avenue. She had been missing since Jan. 9.

In a post on the Buffalo Police Department’s Facebook page from when she was reported missing, police said Rivers needed to take medication daily and had not contacted anyone at the home since she was last seen.

Records indicate that Rivers had been arrested several times in Niagara Falls for theft and robbery in the 1990s. But in a 2009 article in The Buffalo News about a job fair held at the soon-to-open Embassy Suites hotel on Delaware Avenue, she told a reporter that she was in college and was studying to become a medical assistant.

“Because of the economy,” she told the reporter, “nobody will hire me.”

Rivers had been living at Harambee House, a group home on Sycamore run by Lake Shore Behavioral Health for people who had been chronically homeless and who have mental illness.

Anyone with information about Rivers’ death is asked to call or text the confidential TIPCALL Line at (716) 847-2255.