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Son charged after dad’s body found

on June 26, 2014 10:30 AM

EAST VANDERGRIFT (AP) — A man has been charged with abuse of a corpse after police said the body of his father was found inside a large plastic barrel in the basement of their western Pennsylvania home.

David Jordan Thomas, 31, of East Vandergrift, was also charged in Westmoreland County with identity theft and a related access device count after the body of David F. Thomas, 59, was found Tuesday in the blue 55-gallon drum.

Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth Bacha said the specific cause of death hasn’t been determined, but there is no evidence of homicide.

Investigators said the defendant testified that he found his father dead and used the older man’s bank card to order the barrel.

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