The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 26, 2014

Body found in reservoir

Coroner Kelley unsure of man’s identity

— NATALIE — A body found Wednesday in a reservoir at Weiser State Forest came on the seventh day of a search for missing Point Township resident Michael Kenney, though Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley could not confirm the identity the remains.

More than 60 people had been searching the forest for Kenney, who disappeared June 18 after he had gone jogging in the park.

Sources at the scene said the body was found by a member of a search party from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Search parties been concentrating on reservoirs in the forest, said Robert Kurilla, assistant district forester at the Weiser Forest District Reserve.

The body was found in Bear Gap Reservoir, Kurilla said late Wednesday night.

In an email sent Wednesday evening, Kelley stated “an identity has not yet been positively confirmed at this time.”

Kelley did state that a body was transported from the Weiser State Game Land and that he pronounced a male individual dead at 12:04 p.m.

An autopsy has been scheduled for 8 this morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

Kelley was assisted by Chief Deputy Coroner James Gotlob.

The 8,000-acre Weiser State Forest spans Northumberland and Columbia counties.

Kenney’s family reported him missing after he failed to return from reportedly going running at the forest, as he did many times before. Kenney’s Toyota sedan was found at the Route 54 entrance with its windows up and keys in the ignition.

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