Sheriff To Hold Press Conference On Westfield Homicide

MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace, District Attorney David Foley and U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. have announced a press conference will be held today regarding the Westfield homicide.

The conference was tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m. Gerace and Foley stressed that they will not release information prior to the press conference.

The murder of 8448 Titus Road resident Mary E. Whitaker is the second homicide of 2014 to send a wave of shock throughout the community.

On Thursday, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies continued to guard the caution-taped residence where the body of the 61-year-old woman was found a day earlier.

Gerace said the victim was identified as Whitaker after an autopsy on Thursday afternoon. The cause of death was ruled a homicide by an apparent gun shot wound.