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Body of missing California man found in East Otto

Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour said Sunday that a body was found in East Otto Saturday.

EAST OTTO, NY — Niagara County Sheriff Jim Voutour confirmed Wednesday that the body of a California man, reported missing earlier this month, was found Saturday night in Cattaraugus County.

Rudy Ray Rockett Sr. was found off in the East Otto State Forest by Cattaraugus and Erie County Sheriff K9’s.

Rudy Ray Rockett Jr., the biological son of the missing man, told 2 On Your Side Sunday that the body found was his father. Authorities called Rudy Ray Rockett Jr. to tell him the news.

Rockett Sr., 64, of Redondo Beach, was last seen in Ransomville on April 29. He was scheduled to fly out of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport but did not show up to make his flight.

Rockett Sr.'s stepson, Gregory Roy, was charged with weapons possession earlier this month. It's unknown if that's related to this incident.

Autopsy results are pending but the case is being treated as a homicide, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

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