MAYVILLE, NY - The Chautauqua County Sheriff and District Attorney say they are looking for a Virginia man in connection with the murder of the Clymer Schools Superintendent.
Investigators say Anthony Robert Taglianetti, II of Woodbridge, VA is a suspect in the death of Keith Reed, Jr.
Keith Reed, Jr. was found shot to death behind his Clymer home on Monday. Concerned friends and family reported him missing over the weekend.
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace says they have evidence that put Taglianetti in Clymer at the time of Reed's death which he says investigators now believe occurred some time on Friday evening. Gerace says Taglianetti is no longer in the state and that lawmen believe he went back to Virginia. He says they have alerted law enforcement in Prince William County Virginia to be on the lookout for him and confirms a team of Chautauqua County Sheriff's investigators are arriving there as well.
"We are using every law enforcement resource available to us to locate this individual," Gerace said.
Gerace, at an afternoon news conference, eschewed the term "person of interest" when describing Taglianetti.
"I don't like that term. He is a suspect, and he is who we believe is responsible for the murder of Mr. Reed," Gerace said.
Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley confirmed both Reed and Taglianetti "were known to each other", but beyond that would not comment on their relationship or a possible motive.
Deputies say Taglianetti should be considered armed and dangerous.
Gerace would not release a motive in the shooting, but did say Reed's job as a superintendent has nothing to do with the shooting.
Detectives spent the past few days scouring Reed's property looking for clues, as well as following up on several tips.
Gerace says there are no known eyewitnesses to the shooting and crime scene tape remained stretched across the entrance to Reed's home Thursday afternoon.
On Wednesday, more than 300 people gathered inside the Clymer United Methodist Church Wednesday night to pray for Reed and his family. Reed was very popular among students, staff and the community.