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Woman found dead at Lockport home identified, brother arrested
By Emily Miller,
LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Lockport man is facing a murder charge after a woman was found dead during a welfare check, according to the Niagara County Sheriff.
A approximately 9:18 a.m. Wednesday, the Niagara County Sheriff’s office received a call to check on the welfare of a person on Windermere Road. Authorities say a visiting nurse placed the call after being unable to make contact with a patient at the residence.
Upon arrival, authorities say they discovered a female on the floor of the residence. They say the female was unresponsive and had multiple head and facial injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The deceased female was identified Thursday as Dianne Fermoile-McAvoy, 68, of Lockport. According to authorities, she did not reside in the home.
Authorities say two other family members were located within the residence, one was detained without incident. The third family member, who authorities say was scheduled to meet with the visiting nurse, was located unharmed.
David Fermoile, 64, who police say was the victim’s brother, was arrested and charged with murder in the second degree. He was remanded to the Niagara County Correctional Facility after arraignment in CAP Court. He was held without bail.
The third family member, a 98-year-old woman, police say is the mother of the siblings. Fermoile and his mother, police say, resided in the home.
Emily Miller is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2022. See more of her work here.