Police release more details about body found in Codorus Creek

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
Northeastern Regional Police and the coroner's office investigate a body found in the Codorus Creek along the Starview Sportsmen's Association  property, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. 
John A. Pavoncello photo

Northeastern Regional Police have released more information about a body found in the Codorus Creek in East Manchester Township last week, in hopes someone can help identify the dead man.

He was an adult who was about 5-feet-9, weighed about 100 pounds and was small and thin in stature, according to police.

He was wearing a black Ecko Unlimited T-shirt with blue and white script, Southpole Flex designer jeans and blue Puma Roma World Cup sneakers with blue laces, size 8½, police said.

He had had his appendix removed at some point during his life, according to police.

Police have released photos of clothing that's the same as clothes found on the body and are asking residents to see if any of it looks familiar to them.

York County Coroner Pam Gay said that, so far, the cause and manner of the man's death have not been determined.

There was no obvious trauma to the man's body, according to Gay, who said it's possible the man could have been dead for up to two weeks before his body was found.

Initially, investigators thought the man had been dead for up to a few days.

The background: A family called police after finding the dead body in the Codorus Creek in the Starview area of East Manchester Township shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, according to Northeastern Regional Police Chief Bryan Rizzo.

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

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.

Police said a man whose body was found in the Codorus Creek in E. Manchester Twp. On Aug. 28, 2018, was wearing clothing similiar to these items.

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

People who think they might know the identity of the found body are asked to call Northeastern Regional Police at 717-266-6195, ext. 109, or call 911.

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

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