UPDATE (8/17) - Ontario County Sheriff's deputies have identified the man found dead on Route 96 in Phelps Tuesday.
The victim has been identified as Jean Carlos-Rentas, 28, of Cleveland, Ohio.
The sheriff's office is looking for help locating the vehicle of Carlos-Rentas. The gray 2007 Acura TSX has license plate JGF4990.
Anyone with information is asked to call the tip hotline at (585) 296-4152 or send to send a tip at www.ontariosheriff.org.
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Phelps, N.Y. - The Ontario County Sheriff's Office is now investigating a suspicious death in Phelps as a homicide.
The body of a dead man was found along Route 96 between Hayes Road and County Road 6 in Phelps Tuesday night, according to Sheriff Kevin Henderson.
On Wednesday morning, the Sheriff's Office announced the man died from a gunshot wound to the upper body. The victim is said to be in his late 20s or early 30s.
Someone saw what appeared to be a body and called authorities around 10:30 p.m.
Early in the investigation, the sheriff's office said the death did not appear to be related to a motor vehicle crash.
The Ontario County Sheriff's Office investigates a suspicious death in Phelps.
At a news conference Wednesday, investigators said they believe the shooting took place at the location where the body was found, and that the victim's remains were not placed at the location.
They believe the body had been at the scene less than an hour before being discovered.
“We don’t feel there is anybody at risk in the area," said Sheriff Kevin Henderson. "This is more than likely an isolated incident.”
The victim's identity has not yet been released.
Tim Baker lives across the street from where the body was found.
"All of a sudden, we saw all these lights going. I thought it was another accident," he said. “I walked out of the house and saw all these cars piled up at our neighbors house.”
“Being a dead body here, that’s something totally different," he added. "That will make anyone’s hair curl.”
Another neighbor, who requested to remain anonymous, said the ordeal has been frightening.
"It was scary, very traumatizing," she said. "We live in a tight-knit community here, where we don't think things like this will happen."
Anyone who was in the area between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night and might have seen anything suspicious is asked to contact the Ontario Co. Sheriff's Office at 585-396-4638.