Death Investigation Underway in Moosic


MOOSIC, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Moosic police and state police are working together to solve a death investigation at this hour.
The body of a man was found around three o’clock this morning in the 35-hundred block of Birney avenue.  Eyewitness News reporter Eric Deabill has more from the scene.

The crime scene is at Birney Avenue  in the area of the Turkey Hill and old McDonalds…
    This is where the Lackawanna County coroner says the body of a 27-year-old man from New York State was discovered early Wednesday morning.

Now — investigators are trying to figure out exactly how he died.

 Police lights and evidence markers filled part of Birney Avenue overnight as the body of a 27-year-old man was discovered in the roadway.

Eugene Larnerd walks home everyday from his overnight job. He says he doesn’t usually run into many people.

 “Maybe like one or two people, that’s about it, coming home from work too. Other than that — I don’t really see anybody!” Said Eugene Lanerd.

While the investigation could be a hit-and-run, investigators say they found some pieces of evidence including cell phones with blood  far away from the man’s body. So they don’t know if something else transpired.
Around 6:00 am,  the focus of the investigation shifted several miles away to Madison Avenue in Scranton.
That is where police found a vehicle with a large dent in its hood and smashed windshield.
They believe it is connected to the case and most likely hit the man on Birney Avenue.   
Tek Panday is the with the local Bhutanese and Nepalese community -and says the driver called him overnight for help.
“He didn’t know what to do because of the language barrier — first of all — and he was really nervous. He didn’t call 911. He continued driving to home”

Five people total were in the vehicle.
They were coming home from work at the time.
Police responded to the scene — impounded the vehicle — and took each man for questioning.

 “This is really a sad situation. He’s a new person here in Scranton. He never had a problem before. I think it’s been one year he’s been driving a car” noted Tek Panda

Back in Moosic police remained at the scene long after sunrise.
They still don’t know for sure if the victim died because he was hit by a car — or something else that happened.

 “This area is really safe. I’ve been living here for 25 years. I know all the policemen and they’ll find out what happened here” said Andy Kudzinowski.

The name of the man who was found dead this morning has not yet been released.
The Lackawanna County Coroner says an autopsy is planned for tomorrow morning.

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