Pa. man drowns in Conococheague Creek

August 24, 2004|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man found floating in the Conococheague Creek Sunday morning died of accidental drowning, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said.

Juan Santiago Yac-Ordonez, 39, of 948 Byers Ave., was found by a passerby at 10:36 a.m. about 100 yards north of Commerce Street, according to Chambersburg Police. He was last seen at his home at about 10 p.m. Friday, police said.

Yac-Ordonez was fully clothed and showed no evidence of trauma other than minor abrasions that police said were consistent with falling into the creek. His blood alcohol level was 0.32 percent, police said.


The legal limit for intoxication in Pennsylvania is 0.08 percent.

A family member told police that when he was last seen, Yac-Ordonez had been drinking "a large amount of alcohol," according to the police report.

"We have information that he may have gone to a local bar" after leaving his house, said Detective Will Frisby. "We're trying to follow up on that."

Frisby said the body was found by a person out for a morning stroll along the creek in an area south of the Wilson College campus. About the time the body was removed from the creek, a family member came to police headquarters to report Yac-Ordonez missing, Frisby said.

No evidence of foul play was found, Frisby said. Yac-Ordonez had a wallet and cash on him when the body was recovered, he said.

Frisby said Yac-Ordonez may have been walking along an old railroad bed that runs north along the creek and fallen down the bank into the water.

Police said Yac-Ordonez was a Guatemalan national who had lived in the Chambersburg area for about five years. Frisby said he worked for a manufacturer in the Greencastle, Pa., area for about a year and previously worked in the Greencastle area as a farm laborer.

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