Coroner's office: Salem Avenue death a suicide

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York City man found dead in his Salem Avenue home last week killed himself, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

The 47-year-old man's cause of death was multiple sharp-force trauma, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley, who said those wounds were self-inflicted.

"Sharp-force trauma" includes cuts, punctures and stab wounds.

No autopsy was performed.

Police investigate a body found in a home in the 400 block of Salem Avenue, Wednesday, January 17, 2018. John A. Pavoncello photo

The ruling came after the coroner's office and York City Police finished their joint investigation into the man's death, according to Stabley.

York City Police were dispatched to the man's home in the 400 block of Salem Avenue about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, and police that afternoon issued a news release describing the death as suspicious.

Assume the worst: Stabley said sometimes it's initially unclear what caused a death, which is why it's best to move forward with the assumption that foul play is a possibility and for investigators to take their time and be thorough.

The York County Forensic Unit was called to the scene after the man's body was discovered, and they wore hazardous-materials suits as they carried evidence from the home.

The man made numerous troubling, convoluted statements in 22 posts on his Facebook page the day before his death, indicating he might have been distraught or suffering from mental-health issues.

He talked about his reward being in heaven and about how he would be punished for betraying Satan.

He also wrote that he needed sleep but that the "horrors that await" him were a heavy burden.

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