Toxicology tests could help shed light on how Red Lion man died

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

State police in Delaware are awaiting a toxicology report to determine how a Red Lion man, who'd previously been reported missing, died there last week. 

Jason Hatchell, a Delaware State Police spokesperson, said an autopsy has been completed on 38-year-old Daniel Hesketh of Red Lion. The toxicology report could shed some light on what happened to Hesketh, who had been reported missing after last being seen Jan 14. 

Hesketh reportedly left his residence at 126 First Ave., Red Lion, about 10 p.m. on Jan. 13, according to state troopers. He was last sighted at noon Jan. 14 in Colerain Township, Lancaster County. 

Cottrell said that Hesketh was found dead Jan. 19 inside the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta that Pennsylvania State Police said Hesketh could be driving when an alert went out that he was missing. 

Daniel Hesketh, 38, was last seen in on Jan. 14 in Colerain Township, Lancaster.

That vehicle was discovered in Port Penn, Delaware, which is two hours southeast of Red Lion. 

An investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding Hesketh’s death is ongoing, Pennsylvania State Police Troop J spokesperson Trooper James Grothey said. 

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Pennsylvania State Police were contacted Jan. 19 by Delaware State Police and the coroner’s office there to help find out the identity of a deceased man they had found, later determined to be Hesketh.  

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