Deputies locate despondent Irondequoit man in Murray

Staff Reports Posted 20 February 2016 at 12:00 am

MURRAY – A man who was acting suicidal on Monday was located by law enforcement officers from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office and taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Deputies arrived to Hindsburg Road in Murray on Monday after Town of Murray Highway Department snowplow operator Dennis Mandigo called 911 to report a car fire in a field on Hindsburg Road near Transit Church Road.

Mandigo also reported at about 11:30 a.m. that he had spoken to a man near the scene and, minutes later, the person walked away. Deputy Jeff Gifaldi arrived and found the car fully involved with fire. The man had left the scene.

Fancher-Hulberton-Murray and Holley fire departments responded and extinguished the fire.

Gifaldi contacted the Irondequoit Police Department and advised that he was investigating a suspicious fire. The Irondequoit Police Department was asked to go to the home of the registered owner of the burning vehicle in an attempt to locate him, Undersheriff Chris Bourke said in a news release.

Irondequoit Police advised that they had just received information from a relative of the registered owner that indicated the owner was suicidal and was intending to burn himself up in a vehicle, Bourke said.

Sgt. Dean Covis located footprints in the snow that led into a field. Covis and Gifaldi tracked the prints through fields and woods for approximately 2.5 miles. There was a snowstorm occurring at this time which made it difficult for perimeter sheriff patrol units to observe the subject, Bourke said.

After approximately two hours, the suicidal man was located by Bourke coming out of a field on Creek Road near Route 104.

The man was taken into custody without incident and transported to Strong for an evaluation.