Coroner: Body found in creek near Shenango Valley Freeway

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The area was blocked off for about two hours but reopened once the scene was cleared

SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – Police in Sharon are investigating after a body was found in a creek Tuesday near the Shenango Valley Freeway.

Sharon’s police and fire departments, along with the Mercer County coroner, gathered around the intersection of Route 62/E. Connelly Boulevard and Stambaugh Avenue. The area was blocked off for about two hours but reopened once the scene was cleared.

“We got called here at about 2:45 p.m. for a possible body in the creek,” said Sharon Police Chief Edward Stabile. “The initial call we got was that someone was walking across the bridge and saw it.”

Investigators went to the hill and into the creek. As people watched on, Mercer County Coroner John Libonati said it was an adult man, but that’s all they know for now until autopsy results come in. The autopsy is being conducted in Erie.

“At this point, it’s unidentified. We do not have the race as of yet because advancing decomposition is present,” Libonati said.

Libonati believes the body was in the creek for some time.

“From about four or five days at this point, that’s an estimate. We will be performing an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death,” he said.

Investigators are checking if the body matches any missing person reports.

They are still working to figure out if foul play was a factor in the death. Libonati said they will need to find any identifying marks on the body.

“If there is any direct cause that we can determine, based off those physical characteristics and autopsy, we’ll know the cause of death. Then [we] can most likely confirm the manner at that point,” Libonati said.

Libonati also said there is a possibility they will have to wait for toxicology or histology reports, which could make the investigation take longer.

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