DA: Teen’s death appears to be accidental drowning

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 June 2016 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Law enforcement officials believe a teen-ager died of an accidental drowning in the Erie Canal.

District Attorney Joe Cardone said law enforcement continues to investigate the death of Raymond L. Kingdollar, 17. He lived in Barre and Holley, but was last staying with a friend in Oak Orchard Estates in the Village of Albion, Cardone said.

Kingdollar also had a girlfriend in Eagle Harbor and he was on his way to see her Thursday at night. It was dark and police believe he went into the canal in a spot just east of Eagle Harbor where there is a sudden drop off.

A civilian called 911 on Monday to report seeing a body in the water about a half mile east of Eagle Harbor lift bridge. The Sheriff’s Marine Unit officers and volunteer firefighters from Albion recovered the body.

Law enforcement officials are awaiting results of an autopsy at Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine as cause of death.

Cardone said there is no indication of foul play. Anyone with information should contact the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office at 589-5527.