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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A Jamestown family is pleading for the public’s help, as they try to figure out what happened to their loved one, who was found deceased in Downtown Jamestown last month.
A passerby discovered 51-year-old Clarence Kelwaski Jr’s remains in downtown Jamestown back on October 17.
Kelwaski reportedly signed himself out of a downstate rehab facility in August. His sister, Christine McCaley, says that was the last time she spoke with her brother.
“I talked to him two days before him leaving rehab and he was fine, everything was great,” said his sister Christine McCaley.
According to McCaley, Kelwaski was notified just days before his disappearance that he would not be going to a long term facility as he was scheduled to. The family believes this stress could have had a toll on their loved one.
“He was looking forward to going to Eden, they were going to move him to a long term facility in Eden, New York. She had called and told him that he wasn’t going to be moving on the 16th as planned and he would have to stay there longer,” said McCaley.
The Jamestown native was in the process of getting clean. His family was proud.
“Knowing that he was doing so well and that he was actually happy seeing himself clean and seeing relationships starting to rekindle, it’s devastating,” said his son Nathan Kelwaski.
The family now simply wants closure, to find out what exactly happened to Clarence Kelwaski.
“Please come forward. This is part of our closure. Somebody knows something,” said McCaley. “We’re more concerned about when he got out here, what happened and why.”
Investigators urge anyone with information on Kelwaski’s death, or how and when he arrived in Jamestown, to contact them at 716-483-7537 or anonymously at 716-483-TIPS (8477).
Police have not ruled out a drug-overdose, however no official cause of death has been released yet.
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