Emmanuel Morales
Emmanuel Morales (Photo courtesy of WHTM)

A Dover Township man whose body was found early Monday morning in York City died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to York County Coroner Pam Gay.

But while the cause of death is now known, the manner of Emmanuel Morales' death has not yet been determined, she said.

"It could be suicide, it could be homicide. We're not sure," Gay said. "At this point we're waiting for police to finish their investigation before ruling on a manner."

Gay said her office treats every death as a homicide unless or until it is determined to be something else.

The body of Morales, 30, of Long Meadow Drive, was found lying on a sidewalk about 2 a.m. Monday in the first block of North Pershing Avenue, York City Police said.

An autopsy Tuesday morning at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital determined his cause of his death to be a gunshot wound, Gay said.

Weapon found: York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said detectives are still interviewing people about Morales' death. He said ballistics testing will be done, which is standard procedure in all death investigations.

"We recovered a weapon at the scene," he confirmed.

Kahley also said detectives want to hear from the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy.

"Right now we are not seeing a clear manner (of death), so we're waiting for the pathologist's report to help us identify a manner of death," he said.

Detectives also are still trying to determine why Morales was in York City at the time of his death.


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Anyone with information about the circumstances around Morales' death is asked to call city detectives at (717) 849-2219, or call the city's anonymous crime tip line, (717) 849-2204. Or anonymously text a tip to YORKTIPS at 847411.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.