Man is found dead on Chambersburg sidewalk

June 27, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Chambersburg police and the Franklin County Coroner's Office were investigating the death and identity of a man whose body was discovered on a South Main Street sidewalk Tuesday morning.

The man, described as being approximately 60 years old, was found by a delivery person at 3:28 a.m. outside 259 S. Main St., Detective Sgt. Dianne Kelso said.

"There were no signs of trauma," Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said Tuesday afternoon. An autopsy was performed Tuesday morning at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa., he said.

Conner said a cause and manner of death had not been determined and were pending the outcome of the autopsy and toxicology tests.


"I don't have him properly identified yet because he was carrying multiple identifications," Conner said. "I'm listing him as a John Doe."

"We have what we believe to be a name he is going by here," Kelso said.

Despite the body not being positively identified, Conner said the man is known to be from the Chambersburg area. Because of the uncertainty of the man's identity, Conner said he was unable to contact relatives.

After the body was discovered, police closed South Main Street between Washington and Liberty streets for more than three hours while conducting the death investigation.

"We're treating it as a crime scene until we're sure it's not," Kelso said. The street was closed to allow police to process the scene, she said.

"There wasn't anything obvious that indicated someone used force on him," Kelso said.

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