WILLIAMS TWP., Pa. - Newly released court documents shed more light on a suspicious death investigation in Northampton County. Michael Muretta was found beaten in his Williams Township home last month. And now investigators are revealing what else they found in the house.
Search warrant returns released Thursday show Michael Muretta may have been battling depression, panic attacks and insomnia. Investigators took 9 different bottles of prescription pills from his Morgan Hill Road home including meds used to treat those disorders.
The documents also list multiple cell phones, computers, two doors, numerous red stains and black gloves were taken from the Williams Township house. Eleven hand tools including a hammer, screwdrivers and pliers made up a big chunk of the 52 items seized.
Four weeks ago Muretta's estranged wife called State Police to check on the 47-year-old after he hadn't shown up for work in days. When investigators went into the basement they made a gruesome discovery. Muretta was lying in a pool of blood with wounds to the back of his head and chest.
A search warrant released shortly after the incident said Muretta was alive when troopers found him, but was unable to talk. His body was surrounded with blood spattered hand tools, and in the documents a deputy coroner says Muretta's injuries were circular and "could be inflicted with a hammer."
Other than a chair knocked over at a computer station, police said there were "no other significant signs of a struggle" inside the home.
Muretta died later that day at the hospital.
So far authorities have stayed quiet about the death. The final results of Muretta's autopsy are not in yet, and there's been no word on a possible motive.
But Muretta and his wife were outspoken opponents of the Chrin Brothers Landfill's expansion plans next to their property. And spoke to 69 News about it in 2009.
"What are your thoughts of piles of garbage stacked from the view of your deck," questioned Teresa Muretta. "We're not happy with it at all."
That case went to trial this month.
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