The death of a California man who had been reported missing and was later found in a forest in western New York is being treated as a homicide.
Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour made the announcement on Wednesday.
Rudy Ray Rockett was reported missing on April 29 after the 64-year-old Redondo Beach, California, man missed his flight home and relatives began to worry.
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His body was found on May 19 in the East Otto State Forest. Autopsy results are pending.
Rockett's stepson was arrested on a weapons charge the day after the disappearance, but authorities have not discussed a possible connection.