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 (http://bit.ly/1lhlBxX ) 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, http://www.republicanherald.com