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Coroner says toxicology tests might shed light on how what killed missing man

January 27, 2008|By Don Aines

HUNTINGDON, Pa. - The cause and manner of death of a Franklin County, Pa., man whose body was discovered Thursday in a wooded area of Huntingdon County will not be known until toxicology tests are completed, Huntingdon County Coroner Ron Morder said.

Steven Baird, 33, of Chambersburg, Pa., the human resources director for Menno Haven Retirement Communities, had been missing since leaving for work on the morning of Jan. 2. Morder said Baird's body was found Thursday morning inside his black 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The vehicle was on a logging road off Pa. 641 near Neelyton, Pa., Morder said. The discovery was made by the owner of the property, he said. He and Pennsylvania State Police said there was no sign of foul play.

"Nothing like that," Morder said when asked if there was a gunshot wound or other obvious injuries. An autopsy was performed Friday at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, but toxicology tests could take two or more weeks to complete, he said.

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Police had been searching for Baird for three weeks, and friends and family had been putting up posters and putting information on the Internet. There were no credit or debit card transactions or cell phone activity following his disappearance, police said.

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