Coroner IDs body found near Fort Hunter

The Dauphin County Coroner’s Office has identified a man found in the Susquehanna River near Fort Hunter last month as that of a northeastern Pennsylvania man.

A spokeswoman in the coroner’s office said the body was that of 61-year-old Gregory Wiepa Sr. of Nanticoke, in Luzerne County.

The cause and manner of his death are pending, the spokeswoman said.

Wiepa’s body was entangled in brush when a fisherman made the discovery April 14 along one of the islands in Middle Paxton Township, about a quarter-mile north of Fort Hunter.

Police said the body was partially decomposed and had no clothes, and no identification was found nearby.

Wiepa had been missing since Dec. 9, according to a report from ABC television station WNEP. He was last seen near a bridge over the Susquehanna River in Nanticoke, a city about four miles south of Wilkes-Barre.

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