No ID, cause of death for body found near river
An autopsy Monday morning failed to determine the cause and manner of death for a man whose remains were found Saturday morning on the York County bank of the Susquehanna River in Fairview Township, according to York County Coroner Pam Gay.
And for now, the man's age, race and name also remain a mystery, she said Monday.
DNA testing is being done in hopes of identifying the man, Gay said.
The man's remains were found halfway between the railroad tracks and the river, just south of where the Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge spans the Susquehanna River at Highspire, Dauphin County, according to Fairview Township Detective Jarrett Boyles.
Crews used Marsh Run Road to access the area, according to Gay.
Fishermen in a boat on the river spotted the body shortly before 11 a.m. and called 911, police said.
Dead for weeks or months: Gay said the man has likely been dead for weeks, if not months.
According to Boyles, it appears the body had been in the river at some point.
"Then, when the river level dropped, it was left on the shore," the detective said.
There was no identification with the body, according to Gay.
Edwin jeans: Boyles said the body was clad in a pair of Edwin brand blue jeans — the only piece of clothing with the body that might jog someone's memory.
"At this point, I don't have anything to go on," he said.
The man had a silver-colored stainless-steel cap on an upper back tooth, according to police.
For now, Boyles said, he is treating the death as a homicide. That's standard police protocol, he said.
Gay said getting results of forensic testing could take months.
Anyone with information about the body or who thinks they might know the man's identity is asked to call Fairview Township Police at 717-901-5267.
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