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West Seneca police mum on causes of death after two bodies found

West Seneca police are investigating the deaths of a 60-year-old man and his 31-year-old stepdaughter whose bodies were found Tuesday evening in a duplex residence at 92 French Lea Road, between Union and Borden roads.

West Seneca police identified the two as Gregory A. Grimmer and Jennifer A. Villa.

Police have not disclosed the specific circumstances surrounding the deaths, but said there was no evidence of a break-in and they are not searching for a suspect.

"We believe it was an isolated incident" and there is no danger to the public, West Seneca Police Lt. James Unger said.

Unger said a woman, the wife of Grimmer and mother of Villa, discovered the two in the main living room and called police shortly after 6:30 p.m.

Unger said the deaths were not due to natural causes or from an apparent medical event. Police also have no information about any disturbance in the house prior to the discovery of the bodies.

Autopsies were conducted Wednesday morning by the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office and police were awaiting the results. The investigation is continuing.

Neighbors on French Lea Road said they did not see anything unusual around the duplex Tuesday night.

“This is a safe neighborhood,” said one neighbor, who asked not to be identified. “This is shocking. My heart goes out to the family.”

The neighbor said that every evening a police officer who lives nearby drives down the block with his lights on.

That’s what she thought was happening when she noticed police lights outside at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“He always comes down the street with his lights on, so I didn’t think much of it,” she said, “until the lights didn’t go away.”

Another neighbor, who described herself as a longtime resident of the street, said Grimmer was "always very friendly."

"In the summer, we’re always outside — he fixed my car once, he was always out there grilling," said the neighbor, who also asked not to be identified. "He was really good with his granddaughter, playing with her with her car toys. Just a really nice guy who was willing to help and very friendly."

She said when she saw Grimmer and his wife, they'd sit together in a double swing. "They seemed like a very loving family," she said.

"It was unbelievable when I heard," she said. "The first thing I want to think is that it was some kind of accident because I can’t imagine either of their personalities and something like this."

Police ask anyone who may have information that could be helpful to the investigation to call 674-2280.

This is the second time in a week police in a Buffalo suburb have discovered two dead bodies in a home. Last Wednesday, Hamburg police investigated an apparent murder-suicide on Loring Avenue.

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