Orleans County Sheriff’s Office Identifies Murray Drowning Victim

MURRAY – On April 23, 2021, at 8:44 pm, the Orleans County Sheriff’s 911 Center received a report of a man and a dog in a pond on Canal Road near the intersection of Fancher Road in the Town of Murray. 

Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputies, NYSP, NYS Environmental-Conservation Police along with Murray F.D. and the Orleans County EMO responded to the area. The witness was interviewed and it was determined that a male subject was in the water with a dog and had been yelling for help. 

Multiple Orleans County Fire Companies and Departments were called to the scene with small search and rescue boats and lighting equipment, along with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Response Team. 

At 11:14pm, a Fire Department Search boat was able to locate and recover the body of Ryan J. Perkins, age 30, of Canal Road, Holley, N.Y. The Orleans County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene. The body was transported to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office. 

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.