Police, DA investigate death in Lock Haven

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LOCK HAVEN, CLINTON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Police are investigating the death of a boy in Clinton County.

Neighbors wonder if there’s something they missed, and the school superintendent braces elementary students for grief. Tragedy strikes a local school community. A fourth-grade student at Robb Elementary School found dead just a few blocks away.

“When I learned about what it was, I just really felt for what the boy may have gone through. How he felt, and if he was scared,” one neighbor said.

Monday afternoon, Lock Haven City Police, Clinton County Coroner, Clinton County District Attorney’s office and Pennsylvania State Police responded to a home on East Bald Eagle Street to investigate the death of a child.

Investigators found the 9-year-old in a condo. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been identified as Anson Landon Mitchell Stover.

Neighbors tell Eyewitness News Anson lived in the condo with his siblings and cousins. A few doors down, one neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous tells Eyewitness News the news is painful and shocking. She says her own son is just a year younger than Anson, and the two were buddies.

“I think that’s why it caught me so off guard, because I feel like I didn’t notice anything,” the neighbor said.

Police have yet to release any details, and there are a lot of questions surrounding Anson’s death. The neighbor says she wants to know why his life was cut so short, and if there was anything she should have noticed.

“I want to know what I was doing at that time and to just learn from this. If there’s any way I can be more aware of my surroundings to help something like that, then I want to be,” the neighbor said.

As of Tuesday night, the cause of death is still undetermined.
The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning. Keystone Central School District arranged for grief counseling to help students and faculty cope with this tragedy.

“It is with deep regret that we inform you about a recent loss to our school community,” Superintendent of Keystone Central School District, Jacquelyn Martin wrote in a letter to the community. “Last evening we learned of the unexpected death of a fourth grade student of Robb Elementary. Our deepest sympathies are with the family of the student at this time. The student has family members who attend Robb Elementary and Central Mountain Middle School.”

This week there will be a team of school counselors, social workers and school psychologists at Robb Elementary and Central Mountain Middle School to provide emotional support for students as needed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact law enforcement immediately by calling Lock Haven City Police at 570-893-5911 or Clinton County Detectives at 570-893-4141. Information can be provided online at www.clintonDA.org. 

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