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
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
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
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,
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.