CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Police, crime specialists and district attorneys met for several hours Wednesday to coordinate a regional investigation into the death of Carl W. Ryder, whose badly decomposed body was found in the woods approximately 25 miles from his Amberson, Pa., home on Aug. 16.
The woman who found the body knew the 43-year-old Ryder and had been searching for the source of an odor described by her uncle who was riding a motorcycle in the area, Huntingdon County (Pa.) District Attorney Robert Stewart said.
"The pathologist was not able to arrive at a cause of death," Stewart said. He thinks pathology will not be able to pinpoint when Ryder died, so police will have to use extrinsic evidence to create a window of time.
Several items, which Stewart would not characterize, are being sent to a Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab in Harrisburg, Pa., to be analyzed. The results will direct the investigative plan, he said.