Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Missing person case ends in tragedy

When the missing person call came into police, cell phone location towers zeroed in Alderman Road at Route 31 in Macedon. Last year a vehicle travelling the same route failed to stop and travelled straight across Route 31, across a grassy area and ended up in the Erie Canal. Deputies were searching the Alderman Road area because information received from the cell phone towers placed the last data transmission from the missing man, in a 2 mile radius of the intersection.

Could this have been the fate of James M. Zuber, age 22, who had been reported missing from 628 Frey Road in the Town of Macedon? Zuber was last seen in the City of Canandaigua early Sunday morning.

Zuber left the Sand Bar in Canandaigua at approximately 1:40 a.m. on Sunday July 13, after meeting friends at the bar. He was reported missing by his parents on Tuesday afternoon.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reported that the Sheriff’s Marine Division and scuba divers worked  throughout Thursday (7/17) in the canal using  its side scan sonar and remote observation vehicle (ROV) to discover a vehicle. Divers then entered the water to recover the vehicle and confirmed the worst.

It was Zuber’s vehicle in the Erie canal. Because there were no signs of braking, Deputies believe that Zuber failed to stop at the stop sign at the ‘T’ intersection of Alderman Road and Route 31 and, as conjectured, continued through the intersection into the canal. Zuber was pronounced dead by Wayne County Assistant Coroner Dr. David Blasczak and transported to the Newark Wayne Hospital to determine the cause of death.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this investigation by the New York State Police Aviation Division, the Canandaigua Police Department and the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office.