Coroner: Newberry Twp. man died before storm damaged roof
UPDATE: The York County Coroner's Office has confirmed that Halterman died of natural causes days before his home suffered any storm-related structural damage.
REPORTED EARLIER: A man was found dead in his Newberry Township home Tuesday afternoon, according to the York County Coroner's Office.
David Halterman, 66, was found dead at around 1 p.m. His neighbor, John Lantz, found his body at Halterman's home on the 1100 block of Conewago Avenue.
"He didn't clear his vehicle off, that's what made me wonder," Lantz said.
Lantz said the man kept his door open frequently, so Lantz walked in and saw what he thought was a pair of jeans on the floor.
"I actually thought it was a pair of pants he dropped," he said, but upon closer inspection he found the Halterman lying on the ground. Lantz said he called 911 after finding the man.
Lantz had been Halterman's neighbor for the past 35 years.
"He was a real good neighbor, he didn't bother anyone," he said.
Lantz said Halterman worked nights, so they didn't talk much. Despite not seeing each other often, when Lantz did see Halterman, he was willing to talk.
"He was talkative when you got around him," he said.
Lantz said the last time he spoke with Halterman was before the weekend storm hit.
The roof of the Halterman's home had sustained damage, but the damage did not have anything to do with his death, and he may have died days earlier, according to York County Coroner's Office.
Dustin Steele, Halterman's neighbor on the opposite side as Lantz's home, said the damage to the roof had been there for a while and that he had seen Halterman take out buckets of water that had leaked into his home when it rained.
Steele said he did not have much interaction with him, other than helping him shovel on occasion.
"He seemed like a really nice guy when I talked to him," he said.
The coroner's office has not released Halterman's cause of death yet, but they are checking carbon monoxide levels in his home as a precaution.
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