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Body found in Chambersburg stream identified as missing 20-year-old man

September 30, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A body found in a Chambersburg stream on Wednesday has been identified through dental records as that of a missing 20-year-old local man, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said Friday.

Kellan Quin Reaver, no address given, of Chambersburg was found at approximately 9:15 a.m. in the stream near 330 W. Commerce St., but he apparently died two to four weeks before the his body was discovered, according to a news release from Conner's office.

After the body was discovered, Conner said there had been a report of a missing person in the Chambersburg area. On Friday he confirmed that Reaver was that person, but he declined to say when he had been reported missing.

Identification through dental records was made by Deputy Coroner William E. Black, who is also a Chambersburg dentist.

An autopsy was performed Friday morning in  Allentown, Pa., but the results were inconclusive, Conner said. He declined to say whether there was any evidence of trauma or foul play, citing the ongoing investigation by the Chambersburg Police Department and his office.

Toxicology and other tests are being performed, and it could take 10 to 12 weeks before those results are available, he said.

Police, fire and rescue personnel and the coroner's office staff spent 11 hours on Wednesday removing the body from the creek — an effort complicated by piles of debris and unstable soil along the bank. There have been heavy rains and high water levels in recent weeks.

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There is a Facebook page for a Chamberbsurg man with the same first and last name as Reaver, although there was a difference of two years in the age.

The man listed himself as a 2008 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School who was employed at a Chambersburg manufacturer, although it was not evident when he last posted something to the page.

A message to a friend on his Facebook account had not been returned as of Friday night.

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