Police have ruled the death of a Fairport man whose body was found in a cornfield on Tuesday as a homicide.
Jeffrey Newland, 49, of Fairport was last seen around 5 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 21. When he didn’t return home that night, his family went searching and found his car parked on Golf Avenue in Pittsford with the doors open and a car jack underneath, according to Chief Deputy Drew Forsythe.
Police began their search around 7 p.m. that night but called off the search because of weather conditions and lighting, Forsythe said. They continued the search on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 22 with assistance from state police.
Newland’s body was then found in the middle of a cornfield. The medical examiner has determined that Newland died from a gunshot wound.
Newland was known for his community involvement and passion for youth mentoring, specifically. He was the founder and president of Rochester Mentors, an affiliation of local mentoring organizations.
Newland worked for Lifespan leading a project that recruited Baby Boomers to mentor students in the Rochester city school district.
“He totally believed in the concept of mentoring,” said former colleague Mary Rose McBride, vice president of marketing and communications at Lifespan. “He totally believed that by having an adult friend in their lives, kids could become successful.”
Most recently, Newland was developing his own life coaching business, McBride explained.
“He was very dynamic; he was a people person,” she said. “He loved being around people and leading them.”
Newland is survived by his wife and two sons.
Police encourage anyone with information about Newland or who may have witnessed the crime to immediately call 911 or the Central Records Unit at 753-4178.