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Remains those of missing teen

January 08, 1999|By DON AINES

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The skeletal remains found in the borough Wednesday afternoon have been identified as those of a teenage boy reported missing last summer.

Franklin County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner on Thursday said the remains were those of Shiloh Gettler, 17, who was reported missing to Waynesboro police on July 27, 1998.

Conner said the body was identified by Dr. William Black, a Chambersburg, Pa., dentist, from dental records.

"The manner of death is still under investigation," Conner said. He said the remains will be examined next week by Dr. John Levisky, a forensic anthropologist in York, Pa.

A press release issued by the Waynesboro Police Department prior to the identification being made said the remains were found at about 2:45 p.m. along a former railroad right-of-way north of the Frick Co. complex on West Main Street.

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Except for a name and age, Conner had no other information about Gettler, including an address.

Police Chief Glenn Phenicie could not be reached Thursday afternoon for comment about the missing person report or other details about Gettler.

Conner said a hunter, who did not want his name released, found the remains in brush along where the tracks once ran. He said no weapon was found at the scene, but would not comment on whether there was any other evidence there that would indicate how Gettler died.

Gettler would have turned 18 today.

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