Officials exhume body of man found frozen in Pa. cave in 1977
This June 2010 photo shows the view from The Pinnacle overlook along the Pennsylvania section of the Appalachian Trail. A man was found frozen in a cave near the overlook in 1977. (hey tiffany!/Flickr via Creative Commons)
(Hamburg) — Investigators in Pennsylvania have exhumed the body of an unidentified man who was found frozen in a cave along the Appalachian Trail about four decades ago.
Officials in Berks County say the man’s dental records recently were matched to missing men from Florida and Illinois.
Berks County Coroner Dennis Hess tells WFMZ-TV the only way to conclusively identify the man is to exhume his remains and test his DNA.
The test results could take about three weeks.
The man’s body was found in January 1977 by two hikers in a cave near an area called The Pinnacle, not far from Hamburg.
Authorities at the time said there was no sign of foul play and the man was buried in a potter’s field in Berks County.