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Coroner's inquest looking at Pa. inmate's death

March 31, 2014
Associated Press

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (AP) — A rare coroner's inquest is being held Monday to try to determine what killed an eastern Pennsylvania prison inmate a year ago.

The inquest in Schuylkill County, the county's first in more than a decade, focuses on the March 2013 death of 21-year-old Matthew Koncsler of Shenandoah.

Authorities said Koncsler began serving a drug sentence less than two weeks before he was found dead in his cell. An autopsy didn't immediately reveal a cause of death.

Coroner Dr. David J. Moylan III told The (Pottsville) Republican-Herald ( ) that Koncsler's death was "unusual." He said "I think we need to shine some light on it."

District Attorney Christine Holman says authorities hope to determine whether the death was a criminal act or negligence or if the cause is still unknown.


Information from: Pottsville Republican and Herald,



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