Autopsy shows jogger drowned at state forest reservoir
SHAMOKIN - The body found Wednesday in the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest has been identified as Michael E. Kenney, the missing Northumberland man at the heart of a weeklong search.
James F. Kelley, Northumberland County coroner, said Kenney, 55, died as a result of drowning in the Bear Gap Reservoir, located just off Route 54.
Foul play is not suspected, Kelley said.
Kenney was last seen jogging at the state forest about 7 p.m. June 18. He was reported missing by his family that night about 10:20 p.m., and his car was discovered early the next morning, between 3 and 4 a.m. parked in the lot along Route 54. The car keys and his cellphone were inside and a window was down.
His body was discovered about 11 a.m. Wednesday, and he was pronounced dead by Kelley about one hour later.
Kelley said an autopsy was performed Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. A final ruling on the cause of death is pending results of toxicology testing and investigation by the coroner's office and Mount Carmel Township police.
Hundreds of volunteers began searching since June 19, covering more than 5,000 acres and 90 miles of trails.
Kenney's age had previously been reported as 54.
No further information will be released at this time, Kelley said.
The forest opened to the public Thursday for the first time since June 18.
In a statement, Robert Martynowych, of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, reminded the public that swimming is not permitted and that there are restricted areas of the forest, including dam breastworks. He encouraged visitors to read the regulations posted in the kiosks at the parking areas.
Martynowych thanked members of the public for their patience and cooperation during the search activities.