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HARRY DEITZ/FOR THE NEWS-ITEM Chief Brian Hollenbush, of Mount Carmel Township police, looks on as a state police forensic specialist from Montoursville works during a death investigation Wednesday afternoon near Locust Gap. Foreground, right, is Sgt. Jack Chapman, of Pennsylvania State Police Stonington. Other photo, Page 6.

HARRY DEITZ/FOR THE NEWS-ITEM Chief Brian Carnuccio, of Mount Carmel Township police, looks on as a state police forensic specialist from Montoursville works during a death investigation Wednesday afternoon near Locust Gap. Foreground, right, is Sgt. Jack Chapman, of Pennsylvania State Police Stonington. Other photo, Page 6.

MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — A “criminal investigation” is underway into the death of a man whose body was found Wednesday midday on a narrow trail in a wooded area southeast of Locust Gap.

Northumberland County Coroner James F. Kelley confirmed the body was that of a male possibly in his 30s. He would not confirm unofficial reports from

HARRY DEITZ/FOR THE NEWS-ITEM Police in force A large number of law enforcement from all over the area participate in the death investigation death Wednesday afternoon near Locust Gap.

the scene suggesting homicide, but said a death investigation is ongoing and that an autopsy will take place today or Friday.

The body was discovered by a male riding an ATV around 11:40 a.m., according to a scanner transmission indicating an “expiration,” or death.

A state trooper said the body was discovered about a half-mile from a trailhead at

RIGHT: A coroner’s office van from Northumberland County leaves the woods near Locust Gap during a death investigation Wednesday afternoon. Officials said a “death investigation” continues.

Routes 54/901, where officers parked their cruisers. He did not say if the male was on the trail or in the surrounding brush.

There was reportedly a pool of blood near the man’s head. Unofficial reports also indicate the man was from the area, but were not confirmed by officials as of

HARRY DEITZ/FOR THE NEWS-ITEM Police in force A large number of law enforcement from all over the area participate in a death investigation Wednesday afternoon near Locust Gap.

HARRY DEITZ/FOR THE NEWS-ITEM A large number of law enforcement from all over the area participate in a death investigation Wednesday afternoon near Locust Gap.

press time.

Deputy Coroner James Gotlob responded, as did state police forensics specialists, who arrived shortly after 3:30 p.m. Mount Carmel Township Police Chief Brian Hollenbush said state police at Stonington are assisting in the investigation.

Throughout the afternoon, officers from various departments and Northumberland County Probation aided investigators, most of whom left the scene around 5:30 p.m. Moments later,

LARRY DEKLINSKI/STAFF PHOTOS Law enforcement officials from Northumberland County leave the woods near Locust Gap Wednesday afternoon after a deceased person was found. Officials said a “death investigation” continues.

LARRY DEKLINSKI/STAFF PHOTOS Law enforcement officials from Northumberland County leave the woods near Locust Gap Wednesday afternoon after a deceased person was found. Officials said a “death investigation” continues.

Kelley arrived and drove to the location to meet with the remaining officers shortly before the scene cleared.

Hollenbush said he couldn’t release any information because it is an criminal investigation. Developing news will be released by the District Attorney’s Office or from the coroner, he said.

District Attorney Anthony Matulewicz was on scene during the investigation. He didn’t comment at the scene or Wednesday evening.