He left for work bright and early Monday, and was found shot to death in a cornfield the next morning.
A retired lawyer and former executive director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester, Jeffrey Newland was well-liked by many in his community, which is why the mystery behind his death has sparked a lot of questions.
Police say Jeffrey Newland's car was found on a desolate road adjacent to a cornfield on Golf Road in Pittsford. Car doors were wide open, a jack was underneath the car and there was no sign of a robbery.
Newland left his house early Monday morning. When he didn't return, his family reported him missing. After an extensive search, his body was found in the middle of the cornfield.
"I was shocked when I learned what happened. I never knew anyone to say a bad word about Jeff Newland," said colleague Chris Christopher.
Newland served in the 82nd Airborne division in Fort Bragg. He and his wife Lori worked at the Ronald McDonald House for eight years, helping families through a difficult time.
Christopher worked with Newland on several projects.
"He was dedicated to helping young people. He really felt quite strongly that young people matched with caring adults could have very successful lives," Christopher said.
Police have not determined a motive and are asking anyone who may have seen suspicious activity on Golf Road to call police.
"If there was anything that they saw suspicious, any people, vehicles, people walking along this roadway, in the early morning hours from say 5 in the morning all the way Monday through the time that we got called, 7 o'clock, that's really what we need," said Chief Deputy Drew Forsythe.
Police say there are no suspects at this time.
We reached out to the Newland family but they were to upset to speak with us.