Body found at area motel; no foul play suspected

CLEARFIELD – No foul play is suspected in the case of a dead body found at a Clearfield motel Friday afternoon.

Lawrence Township Police were called to Riverside Motel on Old Town Road at 12:04 p.m. for a report that a body was found in one of the rooms. An elderly man was reported to have been living in the room at the motel. According to reports from the motel owner, the man lived at the motel for some time, using it as his primary residence. He also lived at the motel under previous ownership.

Lawrence Township Police Officer Mark Brooks said the owner of the motel found the man Friday and then called authorities.

No signs of forced entry were found, according to Brooks. There was nothing, he said, “That immediately says there’s a problem.

“At this point … we have no reason to believe it’s not a natural expiration.”

Even though the man is believed to have died of natural causes, Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. was on the scene Friday afternoon to view it first-hand in case the facts in the case prove otherwise.

Brooks added that the department was called to the same room at the motel about two months ago to check the welfare of the same man. At that time, the man came to the door and told officers that he was OK.

When officers first received Friday’s call, Brooks said, “We thought it might be similar.”

Clearfield County Deputy Coroner Michael Polachek Jr. officially pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Some officials donned special suits to enter the room and remove the body.

Brooks said a full investigation will be done of the scene, a process he said could take a great deal of time as the room was being used as the man’s primary residence and had many of his belongings inside. A full autopsy will be done as well.

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