November 27, 2013

Murder suspect called police


“I only talked to her for a few minutes,” he said as he ate lunch at the Owl’s Nest Pizza Parlor on Main Street on Tuesday afternoon. “She was just standing at the bar.

“My first impression was she seemed like a nice girl.”

Motes, who moved from the Bronx to Saranac Lake about 20 years ago, said he came to the North Country to get away from the crime-ridden area downstate.

Even so, he said, “things like this can happen anywhere. Anyone is capable of committing an act of violence under the right circumstances.”


The homicide rate in the United States is about two people per 100,000, Champagne said.

“It’s fairly consistent with a county our size to see one a year.”

The last murder in Saranac Lake was nine years ago, Nason said.

“It’s definitely unusual for us.”


Nason said Wilbur has family in the Lake Placid area.

He graduated from Lake Placid Central School in 1965.

Amid the many questions the public had about Ball, Motes expressed sympathy for Wilbur’s family.

“I’m sorry for his family to go through this, especially so close to the holidays.”

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