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W. Pa. police say headless body may be missing man

September 30, 2013
Associated Press

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a body found in a steel drum in western Pennsylvania hasn't been positively identified, but may be a man who went missing on Sept. 14.

An autopsy performed Monday found that the man died from a hunting arrow that went through the heart. The body was missing its head and hands, and DNA testing will have to be done to determine the identity, the Erie Times-News ( ) reports.

Investigators believe the body is that of 55-year-old Gerald P. VanDyke. Last week 68-year-old Richard A. Houy, 68, was charged with killing VanDyke, the longtime boyfriend of Houy's daughter, and disposing of the body.

Houy told police that he assaulted VanDyke and dumped the body in a creek.



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