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Neighbors shocked by Wyalusing deaths


WYALUSING, BRADFORD COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Bradford County community is on edge after four bodies were found at a home in Wyalusing. Pennsylvania State Police are treating the discovery as a murder-suicide.

James MacDonald sits on his porch in disbelief, still shocked by the news that Edwin Bidlack, owner of Ed’s Heating in Wyalusing is dead.

“Ed is a friend. He’s a neighbor and a servant of the whole community. This is crazy,” MacDonald said.

Pennsylvania State Police found him, his wife Candy Bidlack and employee, Jonnie Johnson all dead with gunshot at his house on Gooseneck Road. Police say each were found at different places on the property.

Police have identified Jesse Northrup as the person responsible for their deaths and his own body was also found on the premise with apparent self-inflicted gun wounds. Residents say that Northrup was Candy Bidlack’s son.

MacDonald passes through here nearly every single day, and he says he always waves to Bidlack when passing. Now knowing what tragedy has struck, he says that it is going to be hard the next time he drives by. He says they had hearts of gold, remembering a time when Bidlack and Johnson fixed his flat tire.

“Ed fixed me up, John was pumping up the back and they were getting plugs out because they knew I had to pick up my special needs daughter. They had me all fixed up. I wasn’t even late,” MacDonald said.

Neighbors can’t understand why something like this happened.

“It’s going to be hard to believe that these guys aren’t around,” MacDonald said.

The motivation behind the crim is still unknown. Troopers say the investigation is on-going.

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