SALEM TWP. — A brace of buck hunters uncovered human remains Thursday afternoon, around 4:30 p.m., prompting a death investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP).

The remains were discovered off of Goose Pond Road, roughly one half mile south of Everly Road.

According to a release from PSP investigating officer Trooper John Decker, the body's condition was such that immediate identification was impossible.

A release from Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell states an autopsy performed Dec. 1 found "... that the decedent is an adult male."

"The identity remains undetermined, however we are hopeful to identify this person in the process of our continued investigation."

 The release states both the cause and manner of death are both pending investigation.

"Due to the level of decomposition, additional testing will be performed," the release states.

Investigation into the subject's identity, cause of death and other factors regarding the incident are underway via joint efforts between PSP Honesdale, the Wayne County District Attorney's office, and the Wayne County Coroner's office.

In a subsequent release from PSP, the unidentified male is approximately in his 20’s or 30’s in age, between 5’9” – 5’11” in height with a large build, 200+ lbs. The release states the male "....had brown hair that was in a ponytail." 

The male was wearing blue jeans, a tan T-shirt, and black/red Under Armor briefs, according to police.


Police said a "... a large unidentifiable tattoo..." is located on the left calf that  "...has several spots with bright green ink." 

Cause of death is pending toxicology results, the report states. 


Police are asking anyone with information regarding the decedent's identity or the circumstances surrounding the individual's death to contact PSP Honesdale at 570-25307126 or the Wayne County Communications Center at 570-253-3109.