PIKE TOWNSHIP – Authorities say a homicide investigation has been launched after a body was found Wednesday in a wooded area off Walker Road in Pike Township.
“The manner of death and positive identification of the victim are pending an autopsy and a search of dental records,” stated a news release issued by the Clearfield-based state police.
Coroner Mike Morris added that identification of the body has not yet been confirmed by authorities. He stated: “It appears the suspects used forensic countermeasures to slow down the investigation.
“My office did not release the identification of the body, and it also was not confirmed for [any member of the local news media].”
Authorities believe it was an isolated crime and that there isn’t any threat to the general public. Several suspects are currently in police custody at this time.
The investigation is being handled by the Clearfield County District Attorney’s Office, Curwensville Borough police and PSP, Troop C, investigators.
Investigators are being assisted by the Clearfield County Coroner’s office and Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat and his forensic anthropology team from Mercyhurst College.