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Coroner: Burned Philly man was victim of homicide

Liz Evans Scolforo
505-5429/@LizScolforoYD

A Philadelphia man whose body was found burning in a West Manchester Township field early Thursday morning was shot to death, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Juan Acevedo DeJesus, 23, who last known address was on Potter Street in Philadelphia, died of multiple gunshot wounds, the coroner's office said.

Emergency responders gather along Hokes Mill Road near Old Salem Road in West Manchester Twp. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, while investigating a death that York County Coroner Pam Gay said is considered suspicious. Bill Kalina photo

Coroner Pam Gay has ruled his death a homicide, according to a news release from her office.

Gay made her ruling shortly after receiving the results of Friday morning's autopsy on the victim's body, which was done at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Gay told The York Dispatch on Friday that she has received no information at this point to suggest DeJesus was living or staying in the York area.

A check of Pennsylvania's online criminal records database found no criminal history for DeJesus.

Philly man's burning body found in West Manchester Twp.

West Manchester Township Police continue to investigate the homicide. They have so far not returned phone messages seeking comment.

The background: Officers called to a field in West Manchester Township early Thursday morning found a human body that was on fire, according to police.

It was about 4:45 a.m. that police and fire crews were dispatched to the area of Hokes Mill and Old Salem roads for a reported fire with a burn victim, according to local dispatch logs.

A dump truck blocks Hokes Mill Road near West King Street in West Manchester Twp. as police investigate a death that York County Coroner Pam Gay said is considered suspicious. 
(Bill Kalina photo)

Responding officers extinguished the fire and determined the victim was dead, according to a news release from West Manchester Township Police.

York County spokesman Mark Walters has said 911 dispatchers were alerted to the burning body after a male pedestrian, who didn't have a phone with him, caught the attention of a driver who was on her way to work.

After the pedestrian spoke with the driver, one of them used her phone to call 911, Walters said.

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