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Cold Case
Edward C. Freson

The case is still open but the rewards have been cancelled
Any info contact Genesee County
Jerome E. Brewster
Chief Deputy - Supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Division, NY

Office 585 345-3000 x3503
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Buttermilk Falls

Eddie's body was found in the area directly above.the falls
Plank Owner
and post humous member


Edward C. Freson


Rewards have been withdrawn 

Chris Marks and Ed Reese visited the site of Eddie's demise-Butter Milk Falls, Leroy, on the second anniversery of Eddie's death. Note the Rainbow,
Eddie provided for Chris!

31 May 2002
Chief Deputy Jerry Brewster's letter . . . . 
Recent rains have kept water levels up and turbidity high. Putting the
divers in is a day by day decision now. We can't check the upper area of the
falls until the water level drops (usually the falls are almost dry by this
time of year) and it doesn't do much good to dive if one can't see anything
(turbidity). Please tell the folks up there that the divers will be at the
falls before the end of June, weather permitting. If we can get a few days
without rain, we could be there in a week or less. Nothing further to report
on leads at this time.


2,500 REWARD

for information related to Eddie Freson's Death
Edward Freson, 41, was found dead May 5, 
2000 at Buttermilk Falls near Le Roy, N.Y.
Last Seen in Brockport, Call (585)  638-6524
There will also be an organizational meeting of the
Friends of Eddie Freson Association
12 noon, Saturday 1 June
at the Navy Club, 21 Clinton Street Brockport
Letís find out what happened to Eddie
Come early, Eddie had lots of friends!

4 May 2002
Chief Deputy Jerry Brewster's letter . . . . .

Hello Ed and "crew":

Since our last conversation, the Sheriff's Office has followed up on several additional leads. Unfortunately, the follow up did not provide any additional useful information. The creek remains high and a rope unit will be conducting another inspection of the falls as soon as the flow drops off. The dive unit will be returning within the month to re-inspect the basin.

I remain confident that the person who has the answers to everyone's
questions about that night is from your area. I also believe that the
efforts of yourself and your group will ultimately be responsibile for
bringing this information to light. Your refusal to let this pass and your
unrelenting quest for answers is keeping everything in this investigation
alive. The last thing the person we are looking for wants is to have this
constantly brought up - a constant reminder that we haven't forgotten and won't forget. Sooner or later, this person (or another who has knowledge) will come forward. This investigation will never close until we have those answers and we will follow up on every lead which is brought to our attention.

Thank you for your patience, concern and assistance with our investigation. Leads can be forwarded to my desk at (585)345-3000 x241, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or to my e-mail: jbrewste@co.genesee.ny.us

I think one question I will throw out for your group's discussion is Ed's
leather jacket. Some are sure he had it that night, others are just as sure
he didn't. Does anyone know if it ever turned up anyplace?



Edward C. Freson
by Nancy T. Nash

Some knew Ed Freson better than others.  But what remains for all of us is another empty space in our midst. 

Ed enjoyed the company of others and his open, congenial manner was
conducive  to collecting friends from all walks of life.  Acquaintances
found him to be pleasant and likable.  Most everyone knows how appreciative he was of any kindness shown him and how generous he was with his compliments.   He was knowledgeable and enjoyed discussing subjects ranging from geography to aircraft; trivia to substance.

The son and only child of Edward and Helen Freson, Ed was born and raised in Brockport.  He graduated from Brockport High School and attended Genesee Community College in Batavia and had been employed in real estate, at the B.P.O.E. 2110 and Kleen Brite.

Ed was Past Commander and District Historian of theBrockport Sons of the American Legion  He was a member of the Brockport Elks, and the Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812, where he was chairmanof the Welfare and Recreation Committee.  Only recently, he had joined the Brockport Moose.

A dependable volunteer, Ed joined in many enterprises.   For the Navy
Club, he was instrumental in establishing the Navy Auxiliary of Ship 1812. Letters he wrote to active duty ships & shore bases commanders requesting their plaques, resulted in a one-wall display at the Navy Club museum.    He volunteered at the Brockport Exempts and inBISCO. 

With Ed's passing, there is added sadness because was young and left this world so quickly.  But we can remember his good nature and be glad that we were counted as one of his friends.

Frustration follows mysterious death

A $500 reward has been offered for information on
a Brockport man's death. By Jennifer Wedow
Messenger Post Staff 

  Police, family members and friends
continue to search for clues in the
mysterious death of a Brockport

 Edward Freson,. 41, was found
dead May 5 at Buttermilk Falls near
Le Roy, N.Y. His body was discovered
by four kids hiking in the area at
about 1:45 p.m.

 The death is being investigated as a
homicide, said Jerome Brewster, a deputy
with the Genesee Couuty'
Sheriff's Office.

 So far, the case has gone unsolved.
The Sheriff's Office last week posted
a $500 reward for information
regarding the death.

 "We don't have any leads in the
case," Brewster said. "We're hoping
the award money helps us get infer-
mation from anyone who may know
something. "

 Freson's family and friends also
hope that the reward brings closure
to the case.

 "He was a good guy and everyone
liked him," said Ed Reese, a friend of
Freson. "He didn't have much family,
but he had a lot of friends."

The last time Freson was seen
alive was May 4, at the C&S Saloon
on Main Street in Brockport.

Jill Scharping, a bartender at C&S
Saloon, served Freson that night. She
said she believes Freson left the bar

"I saw him and a lot of our other
regular customers that night and I
didn't see Ed leave with anyone," she
Said. "It's creepy to think that some-
thing may have happened outside the
bar. Who knows who may be

A native of Brockport, Freson was
the only child of Edward and Helen
Freson. His parents are both

Freson, who lived at 492 West Ave.,
was an active member of the Brock-
por't Sons of the American Legion, the local
Elks club, and the Brockport chapter of the
Navy Club of Lake Ontario.

"It's hard dealing with this and it's hard to
put it to rest until we know what happened"
said Marilyn Lage, Freson's cousin. "It's such
a loss to our family and our community."

If anyone has information that may help in this case please contact
Chief Deputy Jerome  Brewster at the Genesee County Sheriff's
Office 585 345-3000 x3503

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