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Cause of death determined for Springetts man found on roof

Staff report

A Springettsbury Township man found dead on the roof of his house Tuesday evening died of natural causes, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

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Robert Eaton had been reported missing by his family earlier in the day, before he was found on the roof about 5:20 p.m. in the 2000 block of Sheridan Road, the coroner's office reported.

The initial report noted the 68-year-old had some medical conditions and his body showed minor trauma, but it was not known why he was on the roof or for how long.

An autopsy performed Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital determined Eaton died of complications from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and pulmonary fibrosis.

The York County Coroner's Office ruled it a natural death.

Coroner Pam Gay said Wednesday there was nothing to indicate Eaton's death was suspicious, although the location of his body was "unusual."

On Thursday, her office said it appeared Eaton might have been cleaning out the gutters on his roof around the time of his death.