Officials Say No New Updates In Ownbey Investigation One Year After Murder

JAMESTOWN – Dyllan Ownbey, 22, of Jamestown, was stabbed to death exactly one year ago after the Jamestown Police Department said he was involved in an altercation with another person on Willard Street at Peterson Street.
A release from Jamestown Police the morning after the murder stated that investigators received information that a second person may have been in the area and fled down Peterson Street with the original suspect.
As of Wednesday, there are no new updates in regards to the identity of the murderer. WNYNewsNow reached Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings Tuesday afternoon by phone. Snellings declined comment on specifics as the investigation remains ongoing.
“We are working closely with the DA’s office to move the case forward,” Snellings said when asked if there was any comment he had for those frustrated with the lengthy process.
District Attorney Patrick Swanson, when reached by email, also declined to comment on specifics of the case. Swanson, like Snellings, said his office continues to push forward.
“We continue to work with Jamestown Police to advance this case.”
WNYNewsNow interviewed Swanson on Nov. 14 to discuss how authorities continue to work on unsolved cases. Swanson said he understands the frustration that friends and family of the victims of unsolved cases carry.
“I’ve spoken personally with members of several different cold case homicide victims. Most recently, I have an ongoing dialogue with Yolanda Bindics’ family and the (Dyllan) Ownbey family, and there are a number of other cold cases where we’ve reached out to families reminding them, ‘Look, if you have any information that you don’t think you’ve provided law enforcement, please let us know,’ but, ultimately, they’re left wanting closure,” Swanson said. “It’s difficult when they’ve heard for so long that we’re doing all we can do.”
“To them, it kind of rings hollow. It’s tough. I can’t imagine losing a loved one and not having answers. It’d be very difficult.”
Information can be forwarded to the Jamestown Police at 483-7537 or anonymous tips can be left at the tips line at 483-Tips (8477) or via the Tips 411 App. All calls and tips are kept strictly confidential.


  1. Can we talk about the homicide of Obryan Ramos also? Another victim of this towns violence that gets swept under the rug. He was shot to death on a porch residence 2 years ago & no new updates. Individuals need to stand up for what is “Right” bc the next victim could be someone close to you.

  2. There has been plenty of time and evidence!!! I guess I’m going to have to have another interview myself with wnynews. And I’m going to tell what I know to be facts. And information I have about important people.

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