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Man found dead inside home identified

Coroner ruled Williams Township death a homicide

Victim in Williams Twp homicide ID'd

WILLIAMS TWP., Pa. - The Pennsylvania State Police have confirmed the identity of a man found murdered in a quiet Northampton County neighborhood. 

The man is identified as Mark Werkheiser, who was found shot to death in his home in Williams Township Thursday morning.

Werkheiser, 38, was supposed to appear at a custody hearing but it was cancelled when he didn't show up, officials said.

Investigators and the coroner spent most of the day gathering evidence at the home on Browns Road, but police have not said yet whether they have any suspects in mind or whether the custody hearing is connected in any way to the murder.

Neighbors were stunned. They're not used to seeing police cars and crime tape in  their community.

"I just got the newsflash, and looking at the house, it looked like Mark's house and I cannot believe that could happen," said Bruce Snyder.  "One of those guys you would never expect anything like this to happen and it's a shock it really is."

Werkheiser kept nearly a dozen "Pug" dogs on his property in Williams Township.

Officials from the Short Nose Only Rescue Team arrived at the home earlier this evening to rescue the dogs and prepare  them to be taken to new homes.

Officials said they were all very friendly and most of them looked like they were in pretty good health although  a few needed medical attention.

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