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Homicide detectives investigating cab driver's death

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Buffalo police are trying to determine where a local cab driver was between the time of his last call to pick up a fare and 7 a.m. when he was found dead in his cab on Norfolk Avenue.During a news conference Wednesday in Niagara Square, Detectives Chief Dennis Richards says many details of the homicide investigation are not being released, including the cause of death and the cabbie's last location before he disappeared around 5 a.m.

The man was later identified as 55-year-old Mazen Abdallah, a Buffalo resident. Police say there is no indication that the victim was targeted.

Police say they can't identify where Abdallah was going to pick up his last fare.

"The victim was last seen while picking up a fare, or fares, around 5 o'clock in the morning," Richards said. "He was operating an Airport Taxi and Limousine Service cab, a Lincoln Town Car, Vehicle #57."

Richards says another cabbie looking for the victim found Abdallah in the back seat of the distinctive white vehicle. He says police are seeking the public's help in determining where the car was between 5 and 7 a.m.  when the body was found.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text the police confidential tipline at 847-2255.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.