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Leaders of Pa. School Field Trip Find Body

October 19, 2005

DELAWARE WATER GAP, Pa. (AP) _ Adults leading a seventh-grade field trip on the Appalachian Trail stumbled upon the body of a fugitive who had been shot in the head, authorities said.

Most of the 140 Bangor Area Middle School students on Tuesday’s hike in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area didn’t see the body, but some saw it from a distance, school district Superintendent John Reinhart said.

Police identified the man as Russell A. Good Jr., 45, of Allentown, who was wanted by police there on a rape charge. Good died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Monroe County coroner’s office.

State police were investigating the death. Investigators did not immediately return a phone call Wednesday.

Traci Rumsey, a language arts teacher at the school, said the body was found on a ledge.

``It looked very much like he was sleeping,″ Rumsey told The Express-Times of Easton. ``We got the kids out of there, and I contacted the principal, and he took over from there.″

The superintendent said about a half-dozen counselors and psychologists were sent to the site to help students.

Bangor is near the recreation area, which is in northeastern Pennsylvania at the New Jersey border.

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