2014-04-10 / Front Page

Bodies Found in River at Harrisburg, Lancaster

Could One Be Thomas Yates, Who Went Missing in Laceyville?
Cain Chamberlin

 Two bodies were discovered in the Susquehanna River on Monday, one near Harrisburg and the other near Lancaster.

The Rocket-Courier spoke with Dauphin County state police spokesman, Trooper Rob Hicks, who said around noon on Monday, a fisherman spotted the naked male entangled in brush along an island in Middle Paxton Township.

An autopsy was scheduled for the morning of April 16. Hicks said the investigating officer believed the deceased male to be in his 30s and to have been in the water for about two to three weeks.

Trooper Jon Potoka of the Lancaster State Police barracks said the body of another unidentified male was found at Holtwood Dam in Martic Township, Lancaster County, around 4:15 p.m. on Monday. He said the investigation is still ongoing.

 Searches for Thomas Yates, 46, who reportedly fell from the Laceyville Bridge into the Susquehanna early in the morning on Sunday, March 30, have turned up no leads. Tunkhannock State Police reported that David Yates, a relative of the missing man, was charged with assaulting Richard Yates, David’s brother, on the Laceyville Bridge on the same morning.

Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick, who is investigating the first body found near Harrisburg, is aware that Yates is missing. However, there is also a missing-boaters case from Hellam Township dating back to March 20.

According to the York Dispatch, Cody Wilkenson of Hellam, and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Dorsaneo of Chester County, went missing after taking Wilkenson’s boat out on the Susquehanna River.

As autopsy reports are released, the Rocket-Courier will be posting updates on its website.


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