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York City 'suspicious death' ruled homicide

Liz Evans Scolforo
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  • A York City man was found dead in his room in a west-end boarding house, officials said.
  • His death is considered suspicious at this point, York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said.

The death of a York City man found Friday morning in a boarding house is now ruled a homicide, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Terry Leonard, 66, of York, was found dead at 601 W. King St., according to police. He suffered a stab wound to the chest, the coroner's office said.

Friday reports categorized the death as suspicious, but a Saturday morning autopsy at Lehigh Valley Hospital confirmed the new details.

First responders initially believed the 11:50 a.m. call to the boarding house was for a medical emergency, York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said.

But that changed after officers looked around the man's room.

"There were some things on scene that led us to believe the death is suspicious," Kahley said Friday. "Just to be on the safe side, we're going to investigate it as a suspicious death."

Anyone with information about the recent shootings can call York City Police at (717) 846-1234 or call the city's anonymous crime tip line, (717) 849-2204. Or text "yorktips" and your information to 847-411.

Staff reporter Christopher Dornblaser contributed to this report.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.