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Wayne County 1961 homicide case still open

Nearly 60 years after a Wayne County teenager was beaten and shot at a gas station, state police are asking for the public’s help in the case.

In their “Cold Case Tuesday” feature, police continue to investigate the December 1961 homicide of 16-year-old John Raymond Sutton. He was an attendant at Clark’s Esso station on Route 104 in Ontario.

The station’s owner told police his business was robbed. Sutton, who lived in Ontario, was found unconscious in a back room at the station.

Police said Sutton was hit on the head and shot once in the head by an unknown assailant or assailants. He died later at a Rochester hospital.



All the money from the station’s cash register was taken, along with two pay envelopes.

People at the station just before police believe Sutton was killed described the suspect as a white male between 35 to 40 years old. The man was about six-feet tall and weighed 175 pounds, with a thin face.

The suspect was wearing a white shirt, dark trousers, a dark fedora hat, and black gloves. His vehicle was described as a dark-colored, late 1950s model with rear fenders having a vertical up-sweep or fins; the vehicle had a rear license plate with a dark green background, and white numerals with writing under the numbers.

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