New development in Coal Township suspicious death investigation

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COAL TOWNSHIP, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Police zero in on a Shamokin man they believe is responsible for the death of Cheyenne Swartz.

The 21-year-old was found in the middle of the road, severely injured before dying in the hospital four days later.

Cassandra Womer says she won’t rest until they get justice for her best friend Cheyenne Swartz. Details of a search warrant obtained by police point to the last person who saw her conscious.

“We’re getting closer and closer to justice, but I feel like no matter what it’s not going to be enough,” said Womer.

At 11:48 p.m. on May 21 Coal Township Police responded to the 1400 block of West Arch Street for a report of a pedestrian struck by a car in the road.

When officers arrived, they found Cheyenne Swartz unconscious in the street with a large pool of blood coming from her head.

Swartz was transported by helicopter to the hospital. None of the bystanders at the scene were able to tell police what happened.

“It’s hard for me to believe that no one heard anything,” said Francis Doncheski, a nearby neighbor.

Her injuries were too severe, Swartz died at the hospital on May 25. According to her family, the doctors said Swartz’s extensive injuries were likely from being beaten.

“I was so angry and hurt. I just keep questioning like why?” said Womer.

Womer started a memorial on Arch Street. She organized a vigil and march demanding justice for Swartz.

As of Tuesday, police have not said whether this man has been formally charged or what was found in the Jeep.

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