Found human remains may be those of missing 80-year old Mercer Co. man
Published: Monday, December 3, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 3, 2012 20:12
MERCER, Pa. (AP) — State police say human remains found by a hunter in Mercer County over the weekend could be those of an 80-year-old man reported missing this summer.
That man, Donald Mariacher, was last seen July 13 in East Lackawannock Township.
Police say he was agoraphobic — or afraid to leave his house — though he had previously done just that three months earlier when he walked away with a wad of cash and was found lying in some roadside brush but, otherwise, unharmed.
The missing man's son, Mike Mariacher, tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that state troopers from the Mercer barracks called to tell him when the remains were found Saturday a half mile from his father's home.
Police say tests could take weeks to confirm the identity of the remains.