Autopsy today on body found at state forest
ARISTES - A weeklong search for a missing Northumberland man may have ended Wednesday when a body was discovered in a state forest.
Around 11 a.m., a body was found in the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest in Mount Carmel Township, according to a statement by Robert Martynowych of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
Michael E. Kenney, 54, was last seen jogging on a trail around 7 p.m. June 18 in the state forest, approximately 4 miles south of Mount Carmel. His blue two-door Honda was found parked in the forest parking lot on Route 54 with his keys and cellphone inside and a window rolled down.
A statement from Northumberland County Coroner James F. Kelley confirmed a male individual was pronounced dead at 12:04 p.m. Wednesday.
Kelley said the identity of the deceased could not yet be confirmed.
County emergency communications said Wednesday no other active searches were underway in the area except the search for Kenney.
The body was transported from Weiser State Game Land to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, where an autopsy is scheduled for 8 a.m. today.
No other information about the exact location or condition of the body was released; however, the presence of a boat crew from Upper Augusta Township suggested the body may have been located in one of the Roaring Creek Tract's three reservoirs.
A press release from DCNR issued Wednesday said watercraft were searching the small Bear Gap No. 5 reservoir, which is located along Route 54 near Natalie.
By Tuesday night, more than 5,000 acres of land and 90 miles of trails were searched as part of the effort to locate Kenney.