The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 4, 2014

Union County mom and children die in tiny area cabin

From staff and wire reports
The Daily Item

— ELIMSPORT — A New Columbia woman and her 3-year-old son were among five people — including two other children — found dead Saturday inside a small cabin in Lycoming County, authorities said.

Jacqueline Stackhouse, 23, and her son, whose name was not released by authorities, were among the dead, along with Nathan Reece, 30, of Muncy, and girls ages 9 and 4.

Aside from the mother and son, police did not know how the victims were related.

The bodies were discovered by the owner of the 10- by 16-foot cabin just before noon in rural Washington Township, Montoursville state police Capt. David Young told the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

The preliminary investigation showed no signs of foul play, Young said, and the cause of the deaths was not considered suspicious.

State police are looking at all possibilities, including carbon monoxide poisoning, he said. A propane heater was found inside the cabin, but authorities were not sure what caused the deaths as of deadline Saturday.

Authorities say the property owner, whose name was not released, hosted a get-together Friday night and slept in his truck outside the cabin before awaking Saturday and later finding the bodies.

County Coroner Charles Kiessling pronounced all five dead at the scene.

Some relatives of the victims watched near the cabin as authorities investigated.

“It was a hysterical scene, especially for the parents of some of the victims,” Young said in describing the reaction from family and friends when told of the deaths.

Evamarie Socha and John Zaktansky of The Daily Item contributed to this report.