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Search for Clymer Superintendent's Killer Continues

8:24 AM, Sep 25, 2012   |    comments
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CLYMER, NY- Sheriff's deputies in the small Chautauqua County hamlet of Clymer continue their search for the person who murdered school superintendent, Keith Reed, Jr.

A police dog found the body of the 51-year-old outside his home Monday morning. Authorities say he was shot several times. Reed was last seen Friday evening and friends reported him missing Sunday when he didn't attend a scheduled meeting or answer his phone.

"We're going to try to work our way through this individual's last few days and where he was and if anyone's seen him and try to put together a timeline and figure out what happened," said Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley.

Reed was new to the area and appointed superintendent of the Clymer Central School District in November. He was the high school principal in the Sherburne-Earlville School District for the last six years. Students and neighbors say he was a perfect fit in Clymer, a community just north of the Pennsylvania line.

"I can't imagine anyone having anything against him because everybody loved him and he loved this community," said neighbor Joni Yotpolis. 

Reed lived alone at his home on Clymer-Sherman Road but records show he was married in the past and neighbors say he talked about a fianc√©, who lived several hours away with her children.

"She hadn't moved down here yet...she wanted to be here and he wasn't ready for her to be here yet and that sort of thing," said Yotpolis.

Clymer school officials released a statement Monday saying in part, "We express our deepest sympathies to his family and close friends. Grief counselors will be available to assist faculty, students and parents throughout the week."

Police are searching literally inch by inch for clues. They've never been called to his home for problems in the past. They're not saying if they have a suspect or person of interest at this time, but the FBI is now helping to put the pieces together. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office at 716-753-4241.

Past students, friends and family have been leaving messages on a Facebook memorial site in honor of Reed.  You can read those messages here.

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