2 more men found in or near river ID’d

Mar. 26, 2012

Rochester police Monday identified the two men found in and near the Genesee River last week.

The body of Alonzo Williams, 20, of Rochester was found amongst debris in the river snagged Friday night near a Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. facility on Commercial Street, said Rochester Police Officer Stephen Scott.

Police also identified Christopher Ashliman, a 54-year-old homeless man, as the man who was found by hikers along the riverbank near Maplewood Park Wednesday afternoon, Scott said.

Officers said it was not known how long either man was dead. The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office had not determined a cause of death for Williams or Ashliman.

Williams, a student at Monroe Community College, was reported missing by his family Nov. 22. It was believed that he left his Rochester home overnight while his family slept.

Based on the condition of his body, police investigators believed Williams had been in the water “for an extended period of time,” Scott said.

The two were among four men whose bodies were recovered from or near the river last week.

The other two men, recovered from the water Tuesday, were identified as the two Batavia brothers who went missing last month. New York State Police said David W. King, 54, and Michael King, 46, went into the water Feb. 19 from the Interstate 390 bridge just south of the Scottsville Road exit. They were found downriver, near the University of Rochester’s River Campus, about a mile apart from each other.