Death of Little Falls man found on Eatonville Road now considered a homicide

By WKTV News

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. (WKTV) - State Police say the death of a Little Falls man found dead by his car on Eatonville Road Tuesday morning is now being "considered a homicide."

According to New York State Police, a landowner was checking on some farmland near Eatonvile Road in the Town of Little Falls when, at around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, he discovered a car parked off the road near his land. Beside that vehicle, the landowner found the body of a man later identified by authorities as Francis R. Nelson, 74, of the City of Little Falls.

State Police said that the land was near the border of Herkimer and Little Falls, but specified the area where Nelson was found was the Town of Little Falls. Nelson was a residence of the City of Little Falls.

Nelson had been last seen by family members around 7 p.m. on Monday night.

After changing their classification of the death from "suspicious" to "homicide" on Wednesday, authorities said they were not at liberty to release any further details regarding Nelson's death, due to the ongoing investigation into the matter.

An autopsy was completed Tuesday night, where enough evidence was found to lead investigators to believe that Nelson was the subject of a homicide. They would not elaborate further.

New York State Police Captain Mark Lincoln said on Tuesday that he had nothing that would lead him to believe Nelson had any sort of medical history, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or anything of the sort that might have led to his death. They also said they did not believe he was any kind of medication.

State Police ask that if you have any information regarding Nelson or his the case, to please call them at 315-366-6000.

Service times for Nelson have been set for Saturday, October 1, 2011, with calling hours set from 10 a.m. to Noon and a funeral service at Noon at the Enea Funeral Home on West Monroe Street in Little Falls.

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