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Sanchez Ran in Yalem Race in 1996

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – UB officials made a chilling discovery yesterday as the investigation of the Bike Path killer continues. Accused killer Altemio Sanchez ran right alongside hundreds of unsuspecting people in a race meant to honor the slain student.

Six years after the 22-year-old UB student was murdered along the Amherst bike path, Sanchez signed up to run in the event. UB officials confirmed with police Tuesday that Sanchez registered to run in the 1996 memorial five k race. Dennis Black is UB Vice President for Student Affairs. He says there is documented proof that Sanchez not only showed up but stayed for the entire event.

Black would not give any details of the official clocked time. The records were immediately turned over to police. But Black says the registration would not be too revealing. He says the only other information contained in the form was the name, age, sex and hometown.

Black says police asked university officials to comb through roughly five thousand paper registration forms to see if Sanchez's name would turn up. Black says it sends chills up the spine to know the alleged killer returned to the scene of the crime. Still, Black says the university will not abandon the annual event.

Although important to the investigation, police described the registration search as not the primary focus of their ongoing efforts. Police are collecting materials from his house and vehicle. And they're conducting interviews with people who might be able to tell them more about the man who apparently, blended in, very easily, in a crowd.