Dead body found

Huntingdon Borough Police were dispatched to Portstown Park Sunday afternoon, as teenagers discovered a dead body in the wooded area of the park. This investigation is ongoing, and an autopsy has been scheduled by the Huntingdon County Coroner’s Office for late Tuesday afternoon.

Huntingdon Borough Police continue to investigate an incident in Portstown Park in which a dead body was found Sunday afternoon.

According to Jeff Buckley, Huntingdon Borough Police chief, teenagers initially discovered the body in a wooded area near Portstown Park, and police were called to the scene at approximately 3:30 p.m.

At this time, Buckley said police are not willing to share any additional information until after the autopsy has been performed, which is scheduled for late Tuesday afternoon.

“We don’t have anything scheduled until after the end of the business day Tuesday,” he said. “So, it will likely be Wednesday before we release any additional information.”

Huntingdon County District Attorney’s office is also involved in the case, and district attorney David Smith reiterated Buckley’s comments that any additional information will be released after the autopsy is performed.

When police initially received the call, Buckley said they were called in for a separate incident, and Huntingdon Regional Fire & Rescue boat was dispatched to the scene.

“The initial call to police was that it was a possible drowning,” said Buckley.

Buckley also noted that during the investigation at the scene, police requested that Norfolk Southern slow train traffic to aid in the investigation.

“We did that since we had people walking in the area of the tracks,” he said.

For those who wish to use Portstown Park, the area is open this morning.

“We just want to reiterate that we don’t feel there’s any concern regarding the safety of anybody in the community,” he said. “The park is open, and it can be used again as normal.”

Other groups aiding police during the investigation at Portstown Park included Huntingdon Regional Fire & Rescue, the Huntingdon County Coroner’s Office and Huntingdon Ambulance.

The scene was officially cleared by Huntingdon Borough Police at approximately 7:18 p.m.

If anyone has any information that can aid in the investigation, they are encouraged to contact Huntingdon Borough Police at 643-3960.

Kylie can be reached at khawn@huntingdondailynews.com.

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