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Death of Pa. tavern owner investigated

January 10, 2006|by DON AINES

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - The death of a tavern owner found inside his business Sunday morning is being investigated by Pennsylvania State Police and the Fulton County Coroner's Office.

Gerald Albert Timko, 47, no address given, of McConnellsburg, was found dead in the Pack Horse Tavern, 513 Lincoln Way East, after police received a 911 call, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:15 a.m. police said.

Fulton County Coroner Darryl Heckman said Monday that Timko was the owner of the tavern and died of a single gunshot wound to the head. A gun was found at the scene, he said.

No autopsy was performed, Heckman said. As of Monday, no determination had been made as to whether Timko's death was accidental or a homicide, Heckman said.

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"I'm hoping by the end of the week, we'll have an answer," he said.

Police said they were assisted at the scene by the state police Forensic Service Unit from Hollidaysburg, Pa.

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