Police allege a Fulton man made up a sighting of a missing person in order to give the man’s family some hope.
The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department charged Brian J. Dolbear, 46, with falsely reporting an incident and making a false written statement.
In the police report of the incident, police allege that Dolbear called the mother of Ray Gregory to say that he had seen Gregory early Sunday morning at the Fastrac convenience store in Fulton.
Gregory had been missing for several hours by then. His car was found off a rural road. He had not been seen since leaving Lighthouse Lanes bowling alley in Oswego at about 2:00 a.m. Sunday. His body was found in a field a week later.
Sheriff’s Investigator James Johnson found Dolbear at a little after noon on Sunday. He wrote in his report that Dolbear repeated the claim. “(H)e was 100 percent positive it was Ray,” Johnson wrote.
He said Dolbear claimed to have exchanged hellos with Gregory.
But not long after, Fulton Police called to say that they had reviewed security camera tapes from Fastrac. Johnson wrote that Gregory was not on the tape and Dolbear did not exchange words with anyone during his time at the store.
Last Friday, Johnson met again with Dolbear, who initially stuck to his claim that he had seen and spoken to Gregory. But when confronted with the evidence, he changed his story. “(H)e had done it so that the family would feel better and to give them some hope,” Johnson wrote. “Brian stated that in his mind he saw Ray but he had not actually seen him at the Fastrac.”
Wednesday, Dolbear came to the Sheriff’s Department and was issued an appearance ticket on the charges. He will appear in court in Volney on Dec. 5.