Police suspect death of Coal Township woman
June 2 – Coal Township police say they have a male suspect who is linked to the death of a woman found lying in the middle of the street a few blocks from her home last month.
Coal Township Police Chief Ed Purcell has confirmed that police have a suspect. He has refused to disclose a name for the moment. “The charges are pending,” he said on Tuesday. “We will publish more soon.”
Purcell did not say if the man was in custody.
Police said Cheyenne Swartz, 21, was found seriously injured while lying alone in the middle of a street on May 21. Swartz was found unconscious and suffering from a serious head injury while lying in the middle of West Arch Street. An out-of-hours emergency medical technician attended to Swartz before an ambulance team arrived, police said. Northumberland County 911 received the first report of the incident at 11:48 p.m.
Shamokin District Judge John Gembic on Friday authorized a search warrant for a vehicle police believe was involved in the incident.
According to the document, the vehicle owner told the corporal. Josh Wynn he was with Swartz before dropping her off near her home at 11:30 p.m. on May 21, making him the last known person to be with her before she suffered fatal injuries.
According to the warrant, the 1997 Jeep Cherokee that was seized was in “poor condition” and had a large crack on the driver’s side windshield, but did not indicate in the warrant whether there was additional bodily injury to the driver. vehicle.
Constable Chris Lapotsky requested the warrant to obtain evidence. Swartz died on May 25 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, from multiple blunt trauma to the head and pelvis. Montour County Coroner Scott Lynn has ruled his death “suspicious”.
Swartz was in a coma for four days before his death, according to his sister, Summer Klimek, of Sunbury.
Purcell said his department had been in contact with Northumberland County Prosecutor Tony Matulewicz about the incident. The district attorney’s office does not confirm or deny investigations.
Purcell had previously said police were looking for CCTV footage and were going door-to-door in the immediate area looking for any information about the incident.
“We are still putting everything in place, but now we have a suspect,” he said. “We will keep the public informed as much as possible. “