Brian C. Lowry appeared in North Tonawanda City Court today on charges of second-degree murder . He waived his right to a felony hearing and the case will be moved to Niagara County Court.

Lowry, 32, of Ypsilanti, Mich., will continue to be held without bail in the County Jail while his court case continues. He is accused in the death of 34-year-old Heather M. Rylowicz, whose body was found near her Lincoln Avenue home Nov. 21. Police said Lowry was an acquaintance of Rylowicz and that the woman died from a combination of blunt- and sharp-force trauma to the head and neck.

Police had been looking for Rylowicz’s car, but learned Tuesday that the green 2008 Ford Taurus station wagon was impounded prior to her death by another acquaintance of Lowry’s, who was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge in Buffalo.

“The two cases are not related,” said Capt. William Hall, chief of detectives, who did not name the charged motorist. “He doesn’t have any involvement,” Hall said.

North Tonawanda police investigators plan to process the vehicle for possible evidence in the murder case.