Cumru chief informs commissioners of body found in pond

CUMRU TWP., Pa. - It was only a few hours after the discovery of a body in a pond on private property in Cumru Township, but police Chief Madison Winchester briefly mentioned it during his report at the township's board of commissioners meeting Tuesday evening.

Explaining that the body was found on private property, Winchester revealed that the property owners called the authorities after discovering the body in a pond Tuesday afternoon.

"We did identify him," revealed Winchester, "however, we can't reveal his name," he continued, adding that next of kin had not yet been notified.

Winchester did let the public know that the deceased is a 41 year-old man who is not from around here. Local authorities believe he is from "out of the area, maybe even out of the state."

In his report, Winchester also explained that the Cumru Township Police Department is currently working with Muhlenberg Township and Reading to combat vandals who have targeted all three areas with pellet guns aimed at parked vehicles. All three police departments are in communication and working together.

Other updates included one from township manager Jeanne Johnston, who said that inquiries regarding permits and zoning are on an extreme uptick now that the warm weather season is upon us.

The board voted 3-1 to allow Route 10 Self Storage facility to annex two adjacent properties in order to be able to build another storage building.

Commissioner Edward Gottschall was absent from the meeting.

The Cumru Township Board of Commissioners will meet again for a regular meeting on May 16.

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