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The founder of a Fort Erie marine business was found dead in his home on Bertie Street on Monday and local police are treating the death as suspicious.

According to Niagara Regional Police, an acquaintance arrived at the home of Blake Nicholls, 81, and called for help after finding the elderly man unresponsive. No cause of death was released and an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Anyone with information regarding the death is asked to contact the Niagara Regional Police Service Homicide Unit at (905) 688 4111, Ext. 4200. Information also can be submitted anonymously using Crime Stoppers of Niagara, 800-222-8477.