Woman, boyfriend are found dead in mobile home

June 29, 2007|By DON AINES

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police and the Cumberland County Coroner's Office had not released any information as of Thursday, but a Chambersburg man says it was his daughter and her boyfriend who were found dead Tuesday in a mobile home in Southampton Township.

Douglas K. Conner of Chambersburg, Pa., said that the bodies of his daughter, Kelly Renee Conner, 26, and Wesley Cole Hocks, 22, were discovered by her mother, Karen Burdge, in the mobile home at 17 Walnut Dale Road.

"I know that's what it's leaning toward," Conner said when asked if his daughter's death was drug-related. He said that has not been confirmed to him by authorities.

Deputy Coroner Matt Stoner said the office releases information only in the case of homicides, accidents, suicides by public persons or suicides committed in a public place, he said.


Messages to the state police barracks in Carlisle, Pa., were not returned Thursday.

Conner remembered his daughter as a selfless young girl who never asked for much.

"She always worried if I had enough money," he said.

"She loved her Grandma (Shirley) Conner. Her grandma was very special to her, along with her Pap," he said of her grandfather, Robert J. Conner Sr.

Kelly Conner loved to watch her 9-year-old son, Keyan Z. Engle, play baseball, her father said.

The last time Conner saw his daughter was Saturday at one of Keyan's games. Douglas Conner said he also talked with his daughter Sunday by telephone.

Kelly Conner had been seeing Hocks for a few years, Douglas Conner said. She had been experiencing problems with drug abuse, he said.

"She's been sick for a couple of years on the drugs," he said. "We've been going through the mill trying to get her off them."

Conner and Hocks were in Franklin County Court on Monday. She pleaded guilty to a summary disorderly conduct charge stemming from an incident in December, according to court records.

Hocks pleaded guilty to aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, unsworn falsifications and driving with a suspended license, according to court records. The aggravated assault charge stemmed from a Jan. 25 crash on Black Gap Road in which a boy riding a bicycle was injured, police said.

Police said Hocks fled the scene and tried to hide the vehicle.

Hocks was scheduled for sentencing Aug. 1.

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