PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The body of a Dormont man who went missing after attending Wednesday night’s Pirates game at PNC Park was located near railroad tracks in Station Square.
It was at 100 E. Carson Street off the Wabash Tunnel near a Norfolk Southern Railroad track, not too far from the Mon Incline, that 35-year-old Ronald Yancoskie’s body was found around 3:15 p.m. Thursday.
Investigators from the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office and Pittsburgh Police were called to the scene.
Authorities are now investigating the circumstances around Yancoskie’s death. Pittsburgh Police say preliminarily, the death appears to be “accidental.”
“You never think it can happen to you, and it can,” said Jessica Yancoskie, Ronald’s wife.
Before receiving the news of her husband’s death, Jessica says she last spoke to her husband Wednesday afternoon. He was at the Pirates game with some friends and co-workers.
She says his phone died and she couldn’t get in touch with him.
“He loves this little guy,” said Jessica of the couple’s young son. “He’s been at his job for 10 years. We’ve lived here for eight years. This is just not like him at all.”
“He actually texted his wife right before the game was starting and said, ‘I can’t wait to take you and our son here.’ They have a 7-month-old son,” said Sgt. James Burke, of Dormont Police. “‘Park is beautiful, really looking forward to that.’”
Yancoskie was last seen leaving Sienna Mercato on Penn Avenue downtown. He had dinner with his friends and co-workers and then headed to his home in Dormont.
“Their understanding was he was in good spirits. They thought he was walking towards the T to return home,” said Sgt. Burke.
Pittsburgh Police is handling the investigation.
“His family is too important. That little man is too important, and I know I’m important to him, too,” said Christine Yancoskie, Ronald’s mother. “This is very difficult. Never in a million years I would think this would happen, never.”
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office says they won’t know the cause of death until morning.