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Body of missing California man found

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The body of a man believed to have been missing since late April was found Sunday morning in Cattaraugus County.Rudy Ray Rockett Sr., of Redondo Beach, CA, went missing on April 29, after having spent time at his vacation home along the shore of Lake Ontario. On that day, Rockett was supposed to take a flight out of Buffalo Niagara International Airport back to California.

Gregory Roy, Rockett’s stepson, is alleged to be the last person seen with his stepfather, as he was the driver taking Rockett from the Niagara County vacation home to the airport. Roy, the stepson, is currently being held in Niagara County Jail on a weapons charge.

The body was found in the East Otto State Forest, an area police had previously searched. According to the Buffalo News, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour would not say whether the body was Rockett’s, pending an autopsy.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas moved to Western New York at the age of 14. A graduate of Buffalo State College, he majored in Communications Studies and was part of the sports staff for WBNY. When not following his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats and Boston Red Sox, Thomas enjoys coaching youth basketball, reading Tolkien novels and seeing live music.
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