Police: Body found near South Park Avenue and Lilac Street is missing 74-year-old Buffalo woman


UPDATE: 9:50 a.m. Jan. 12: A Buffalo Police spokesperson has confirmed that the body found near South Park and Lilac on Tuesday is Ana Rodriguez.

Cause of death has not yet been determined.

We’ll have more information when it’s available.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo police say they’ve found a body after a search for a missing woman began on Monday.

“Obviously with the cold and her medical condition it certainly heightened the search and what we did,” Buffalo Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said. “The medical examiner would have to respond to the scene and make the ultimate determination of what the cause of death was.”

Ana Rodriguez, 74, was last seen around 4 p.m. in the area of the South Park Avenue Family Dollar, near Tifft Street.

Rodriguez suffers from dementia and was last seen in a long green jacket, blue jeans, dark shoes and possibly wearing a tan hat and carrying a denim purse. She also goes by the nickname “Chiquita.”

It’s not clear whether or not the person found was Rodriguez. The female body was located in the backyard of a home on Lilac Street with the help of a drone.

“It is an occupied residence, it’s my understanding that no one was home, I don’t believe anyone was home last night either after a certain point, but our detectives are still investigating,” Gramaglia said. “The investigation will continue and we’re going to continue to look for any video. If anyone has any video, we can find her patterns, where she was walking, what time she may have entered that yard.”

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