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Son Arrested As Authorities Probe Discovery Of Human Remains

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BRADY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Police have arrested one man after human remains of two people were discovered near a pond on a Butler County estate Wednesday night.

According to police, the remains of Kenneth and Celeste Abbott were found in Brady Township. Kenneth’s son, 40-year-old Colin Abbott, has been arrested in connection with their deaths.

“Based on information gathered throughout the investigation, Colin Abbott, of Randolph N.J., has been taken into custody with the assistance of the New Jersey State Police. He’s being held in New Jersey pending extradition on two counts of criminal homicide,” PSP Trooper Ronald Kesten said.

Abbott’s family became suspicious when they couldn’t learn details about a supposed fatal accident.

Police found Celeste Abbott’s wallet while searching around Abbott’s New Jersey home.

Neighbors are surprised because they saw the Butler County property being cared for over the last couple weeks.

The discovery of human remains near a pond on private property late Wednesday brought forensic investigators to Butler County.

State Police said the skeletal remains of two bodies were found near the pond on the West Liberty Avenue property.

Authorities worked to drain the pond during the overnight hours. One officer was posted at the front of the property and another posted near the pond overnight.

“It’s a big piece of property and we’re just going over it as best we can tonight to see if there’s any evidence to what might of happened to these people,” Lt. Steve Ignatz, of the Pennsylvania State Police, said Wednesday night. “It is very suspicious; we’re treating it as such.”

Experts from Mercyhurst College were called in during the overnight hours to help in the recovery and identification process.

State Police were called to house initially to check on a couple that had been reported missing.

“We were contacted by the New Jersey State Police to check on the welfare of the residents of this house,” Lt. Ignatz said. “When State Police arrived at the residence [Wednesday] afternoon, on the property they discovered what appears to be skeletal remains.”

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

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