Larksville Man Found Dead With Punctures To Head

July 24, 2018
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Police Investigate Suspicious Larksville Death

LARKSVILLE — A man’s wife returning home from an overnight shift at work Tuesday morning discovered him dead on the couch with multiple puncture wounds to his head, according to police.

Police were called to 590 Washington Ave. around 7:15 a.m. after William Denman, 64, was found dead with two holes in his head, and no weapon in the area that could have caused them, according to court documents.

The cause and manner of Denman’s death remained undetermined pending an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday morning, Luzerne County Chief Deputy Coroner Dan Hughes said.

Police at the scene said little about the death, other than to confirm a man had died in the home. Throughout the day Tuesday, a state police forensic services unit had the home cordoned off as troopers collected evidence under a search warrant authorized by Magisterial District Judge Donald L. Whittaker.

According to the warrant application, Denman’s wife, Ellie Denman, discovered the body after returning from an overnight shift at work. Ellie Denman told investigators what she left for work around 10:15 p.m. Monday and subsequently spoke to her husband on the phone around 10: 50 p.m., and everything was fine.

But when she got home around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, she found him dead on the living room couch, according to the warrant.

Police say William Denman had a small hole on the right side of his head, as well as a second small hole higher up on his head. The body was found lying face-up on the couch and had a large amount of blood in the mouth, troopers said.

However, a check of the area turned up no weapon or implement that could have caused William Denman’s injuries, according to the warrant. The application says investigators consider the death suspicious because it does not appear to be a suicide and was not due to natural causes.

The warrant authorized troopers to search the property for a weapon capable of causing the injuries Denman received, as well as to document the crime scene and to collect blood and other forensic evidence.

The application also says the home is equipped with a surveillance system that appears to be operational, and that a monitor from the system was visible from the living room where William Denman was found dead.

In addition to the home, the warrant authorized troopers to search outbuildings on the property as well as three vehicles that were parked in the driveway.

Public records show that William Denman was the owner of the home where he died and that he had no criminal history in Pennsylvania.

Last fall, William Denman ran unsuccessfully for council and mayor in Larksville as an unaffiliated candidate, losing the mayoral race to Joe Zawadski. William Denman also run unsuccessfully for council in the 2013 election.

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