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Washington Township Police mum about 'suspicious death'

June 18, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Police in Washington Township, Pa., refuse to say much about a "suspicious death" reported May 29.

"It was in Washington Township and it was reported to us, but we're not giving out any information," Sgt. Vernon Ashway said.

Ashway would not release the town associated with the incident or describe any potential victim.

"We're looking into the circumstances, and we don't want to release any information to the public. We don't want it to hamper the investigation in any way," said Ashway, who is in charge of the department while the police chief is out for two weeks.

Ashway said the public should not be concerned about safety.

A summary of police department activity distributed to the Washington Township Supervisors this week indicated that a "murder/non-negligent manslaughter" incident was reported last month. Washington Township police did not previously disclose information about the investigation.

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The Herald-Mail's review of Franklin County, Pa., death records from the past three weeks found no homicides or suspicious deaths listed. County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said police asked him to not comment.

Staff writer Don Aines contributed to this report.

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