PENN HILLS (KDKA) – Police are investigating after a body was found in a wooded area of Penn Hills Thursday morning.
Around 7:15 a.m. a man looking for scrap along Lawndale Road in Penn Hills discovered the body of a man who’d been shot and burned.READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Slowing Across The Nation As Pa. Sits Short Of 70% Goal
“That person called 911, first responders got here, ultimately pronounced the person deceased,” Allegheny County Police Lt. Andrew Schurman said.
Because the body was so badly burned, Allegheny County homicide investigators said it’s unclear how long it’s been in the woods. The street is remote with very few houses.
One neighbor said she’s tried numerous times to get attention paid to the amount of garbage that’s dumped back in the remote area.
“This is what used to be a street in Penn Hills that is no longer usable and it appears as though people dump miscellaneous debris here,” Lt. Schurman said.
It was just two weeks ago that another burned body was discovered in the trunk of a car on Jackson Alley in Penn Hills.READ MORE: 'It Sounded Like A Train Accident:' Witnesses Recall Car Slamming Into Biomat USA Plasma Center
Detectives say although it’s early in the investigation, they’ll be looking into if the two may be connected.
“That is something we’re definitely going to look into. The likelihood that two people are set on fire in the same township is not that high,” Lt. Schurman said.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office has now identified the victim as 31-year-old Isaiah Thomas. His body had been shot and burned.
Allegheny County Police and Penn Hills Police are at the scene.
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