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Apparent Suicide in Meshoppen Ball Park



By D.C. Koviack

 A body of a young man was found Wednesday just before noon at the Meshoppen Ball Park. He was identified by state police at Tunkhannock as Kerry Fuller, 24, no address provided. He was found by a DEP staff person who was at the ball field to set up and check mosquito traps along Meshoppen Creek.

Fuller was wearing an orange t-shirt and light shorts and was barefoot. He had apparently hung himself from a rafter on one end of the pavilion roof at the ball park.

“He came prepared,” Meshoppen Police Chief John Krieg said of Fuller. Krieg, along with State Police Trooper Fedor, the Wyoming County Coroner Tom Kukuchka and the Meshoppen Ambulance, were first on the scene. Krieg explained that Fuller had attached a hook to a stout rope, made a noose, and fixed the rope to the pavilion rafter. He used one of the ball park’s refuse barrels to climb up to the noose, then kicked the barrel away.

Krieg said it appeared from the body’s state of rigor that the man had been dead since some time Tuesday night. The Wyoming County Coroner Kukuchka pronounced the man dead at the scene with provisional cause of death asphyxiation by hanging. The death has been ruled suspicious, and a suicide. However, more details on the cause and manner of death will likely be revealed after an autopsy, scheduled for this week.

Krieg noted that the State Police have been looking for a person who was reported missing. However, he had no details or description of that person, and did not know if that incident was related to the flooding from last weekend’s hurricane or not. Whether or not Fuller was the person State Police have been looking for will likely come later this week.

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