Cause of death still unknown for man found in Codorus State Park

Liz Evans Scolforo

An autopsy Monday morning failed to determine the cause of death for a Spring Grove-area man found dead Saturday in Codorus State Park, police said.

Ryan W. Blizzard, 25, of Old Hanover Road in Heidelberg Township, had been involved in a hit-and-run crash Thursday night, according to Southwestern Regional Police.

Ryan Blizzard was found dead in Codorus State Park, two days after he was involved in a hit-and-run crash, police said.

On Monday, Southwestern Regional Police Chief Greg Bean said an autopsy at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital failed to determine Blizzard's cause and manner of death.

Toxicology tests will now be done, Bean said, and his investigators are waiting for those results. Getting results of toxicology tests generally takes two to three months, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

The young man's death is not considered suspicious, the chief said. The York County Coroner's Office also noted that the cause and manner of Blizzard's death remain pending.

His body was found about 1:20 p.m. Saturday by two hikers just off the state park's La Ho Trail, which is south of Route 216 in Manheim Township, officials said.

Crashed and ran: About 9 p.m. Thursday, Blizzard crashed a vehicle at the intersection of Route 216 and Blue Hill Road, then ran from the scene when a passer-by arrived at the crash scene and called 911, according to police.

Blizzard's vehicle struck a tree, according to the coroner's office.

Officers searched the densely wooded area for two hours but couldn't find the man, police have said.

After crashing, Blizzard called a family member and said he was OK, didn't need help and wasn't looking to have authorities involved, according to Bean, who said investigators don't believe Blizzard was lost or in need of medical help when he fled the scene.

His body was found about a mile from the crash scene, police said.

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