Coroner identifies body found in Monroe Twp.
Bradford County officials have identified the body found floating in Mill Stone Creek last week, but are still working to discover more details about the man's death.
Bradford County Coroner Thomas M. Carman issued a statement on Saturday identifying the victim as Stephen Mark Peters, a 33-year-old Bradford County resident. Carman said that a key factor in identifying Peters was publication of photographs of his tattoos, though his identity was confirmed through fingerprints and medical records.
"I would like to thank the media and public for their assistance in the identification of Mr. Peters," Carman said.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, Peters' body was discovered on Sept. 8 in Mill Stone Creek along Deep Hollow Road by a person state police identified as "working on the road" in the aftermath of recent flooding.
Officials have not issued any statement concerning how the body got into the creek or if it was related to the flooding.
An autopsy was performed on the Peters on Friday by Dr. James Terzian, a forensic pathologist at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y. Carman said he doesn't expect the autopsy report to be issued for approximately three weeks after the autopsy, at which point he and the state police hope to determine the cause and manner of death.
At the time of the discovery, State Police Cpl. Al Ogden said that police were investigating multiple scenarios, and Carman said that no possibility was being ruled out.
Toxicology tests were performed on the body, which Carman said is standard procedure for any autopsy, but he added that it will take some time before those results will become available. The results of the toxicology tests will be part of the autopsy report.
According to Carman, Peters was married and had children.