Skeletal remains in Lower Windsor Twp. are those of man who went missing in 2014

Written by Mike Argento/The York Daily Record | Jan 5, 2018 5:25 PM

Lower Windsor Township Police Chief Tim Caldwell and York County Detective Doug Demangone talk near the spot off Salem Church Road where human remains were found early Thursday morning. (Photo: Ted Czech, York Daily Record)

(Undated) -- Skeletal remains found by hunters in Lower Windsor Township are those of a man who was reported missing in 2014, the York County Coroner's office reported.

The man was identified as Michael L. Berkheimer, who was believed to have been about 47 when he went missing. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, according to the coroner's office. 

Lower Windsor Township police do not suspect foul play, according to a department press release.

Two men hunting for fox early in the morning of Dec. 28 found the remains in a wooded area near the 400 block of Salem Church Road. The skeletal remains were draped with bits of clothing, Lower Windsor Township police reported at the time. A rifle was found among the remains.

It is believed that the remains "had been there for some time - possibly months or years," the coroner's office reported.

A forensic odontologist assisted in making the positive identification, the coroner's office reported.

Berkheimer's family has been notified of his death.

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