Coroner: Dead man in woods killed himself

Sean Philip Cotter

The York County Coroner's Office says the dead man suspected to be a missing Manchester man shot himself to death.


Kenneth Nowlan Palmer, 61, of the first block of Hill Street, was last seen walking from his home at the morning of Dec. 14, police said at the time.

The body was found in a wooded area behind a property in the 300 block of Park Street in Manchester, according to the coroner's office. The coroner's office suspects the body to be that of Palmer but is awaiting further test results before they can say so definitively.

Authorities think it's Palmer because they found some of his personal belongings on the body, the coroner's office tweeted.

An autopsy Monday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital revealed the dead man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the coroner's office said.

The day he went missing, Palmer left a note telling his wife he was going for a walk, and wrote "goodbye," police said. This gave his wife a bad enough feeling to call police, who called in a helicopter and K-9 unit to help with a search for Palmer.

She told police at the time his handgun was missing, so he likely had it with him.

Northeastern Regional Police continue to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to contact the department at (717) 266-6195.

— Reach Sean Cotter