Fri June 15, 2012
Body of sought-after ECMC surgeon found near his home
The body of Dr. Timothy Jorden, the person of interest in Wednesday's fatal ECMC shooting, has been recovered from a wooded area near the doctor's Lake View home.
Jorden, who was still clothed in his hospital scrubs, was discovered along a path near 18 Mile Creek not far from his Lake View home on West Arnold Drive. Authorities say he died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. An autopsy is being conducted.
Jorden,49, was the ECMC trauma surgeon wanted as a "person of interest" in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 33-year-old Jacqueline Wisniewski, who was shot to death multiple times in a hospital stairwell Wednesday morning.
New York State Parole officers assisting in the search discovered Jorden's body on a path in a wooded area by 18 Mile Creek around 10:40 this morning.
Buffalo Police Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards made the announcement during a noon-time briefing with reporters just off Old Lakeshore Road at Arnold Drive in the town of Hamburg.
Police filled in some of the details at a late afternoon news conference at police headquarters.
"We found a gun in his hand this morning. He was found in a heavily-brushed area inside a ravine behind his home just off a walking path by 18 Mile Creek. He was found by two New York State Parole officers: Beth Hart and Paula Hughes," said Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda.
Derenda says there were some indications that the person of interest in Wednesday's shooting intended to take his own life. He told reporters that if Jorden had been arrested, he would have been charged with second degree murder.
The case has been officially closed.
Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church for Wisniewski. A trust fund has been established for her 4-year-old son.