A family called police after finding a dead body in the Codorus Creek in the Starview area of East Manchester Township, police said.

Northeastern Regional Police Chief Bryan Rizzo said the family, who he thinks was kayaking in the area, called 911 shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.

An autopsy must be done to try to determine the victim's cause of death, he said. The chief confirmed it's not yet known whether foul play is involved or whether the death was accidental, natural or suicide.

Rizzo couldn't immediately say whether the victim is a man or woman.

"The water and heat accelerate decomposition," he said, adding the body had been in the water for two days, maybe longer.

The victim's identity couldn't be determined at the scene.

"Right now, we don't have any reported missing persons," Rizzo said.

The area of the creek where the body was found is along Starview Sportsmen's Association property, which is off Jerusalem School Road in East Manchester Township, the chief confirmed.

Assisting Northeastern Regional Police and the York County Coroner's Office at the scene were police from Hellam and Springettsbury townships and the York County District Attorney's Office.

The body was in the creek and partially on a rock, Rizzo said, adding it appears the creek's current floated the body there.

Rescue crews from Union Fire Co. in Manchester retrieved the body from the water, he said, and were assisted by crews from Eagle Fire Co. in Mount Wolf.

York County Coroner Pam Gay was still on scene at 6:30 p.m., she said.

Gay said the victim is male but has not yet been identified.

She said a preliminary news release would be sent out sometime Tuesday evening or night.

The original 911 dispatch indicated the family believed the body was in the area of the Codorus Furnace Road bridge, which is why Hellam Township Police initially got involved, according to Rizzo.

People who think they might have information about the found body are asked to call Northeastern Regional Police at 717-266-6195, or call 911.

"They can be anonymous, if they so choose," Rizzo said.

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


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