Investigation Ongoing After Body Found In Creek
WILKES-BARRE — A police investigation is underway after emergency services pulled a body from Mill Creek on Saturday afternoon.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday at the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office, deputy coroner Dan Hughes said.
Passersby called 911 around 4:30 p.m. after seeing the body along Mill Creek. City firefighters used a stretcher to pull the body from the ravine and police blocked both ends of a bridge crossing the creek.
One end of the bridge is Oak Street in Plains Twp. The other end is Mayock Street in Wilkes-Barre. The departments will investigate together, Hughes said. State police also responded to the scene.
Taeya Hughes, 20, of Plains Twp., was walking on the railroad bridge with her sister and her sister’s boyfriend when they saw the body.
The trio was coming from Plains Twp. and saw it on the other side of the creek, about 10 or 15 feet away from the railroad trestle, in a seated position. His knee was caught on rocks and he had some kind of wound on his head, she said. It looked like a man wearing black pants and a black jacket with a red polo shirt, she said.
Taeya Hughes called 911, then went to the road to flag down emergency responders. Firefighters and police soon arrived. Officers began taking photographs of the scene and blocked the bridge over the creek. Police officers waded into the water, which reached below their knees, to take more photographs. At around 6 p.m., firefighters took the body from the creek.
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