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Police investigating body of woman found in second-floor apartment on South Union Street

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 3/14/19

Middletown police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in an apartment at 21 S. Union St. at about 8 a.m. Thursday, March 14.

Middletown Detective Sgt. Gary Rux II did not …

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Police investigating body of woman found in second-floor apartment on South Union Street

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Middletown police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in an apartment at 21 S. Union St. at about 8 a.m. Thursday, March 14.
Middletown Detective Sgt. Gary Rux II did not provide the name or age of the woman to the Press & Journal, pending notification of next of kin.
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He confirmed that the woman lived in one of the apartments above the building, which is also home to Roberto’s Pizza on the ground floor.
Rux said that the cause of death will be determined by the Dauphin County coroner’s office, which transported the body from the scene at about 9 a.m.
Multiple police officers were on the scene, including Rux and Detective Wade Bloom.
Rux said that there are enough unanswered questions for police to consider it necessary to treat the case as a criminal investigation.
“It is enough to merit a police investigation to determine where we go from here,” he said. “It raises suspicions. It may end up being natural,” Rux told the Press & Journal during a brief interview on the sidewalk in front of the building.
Rux said that police consider the death to be an “isolated incident” and that there is no danger to the public.
There are no suspects and nobody is under arrest. A man was seen leaving the scene accompanied by Bloom, but this man is not considered a suspect at this time, Rux said.
“When you think about a case that may be suspicious, we want to make sure we at least get a chance in a controlled environment away from what happened, away from the tragedy, to get a chance to see what he can do to contribute to the investigation,” Rux said of the man who Bloom took from the scene in a police car.
Rux said there was no evidence of illegal drugs at the scene.
Rux also pointed out that death investigations are not an uncommon occurrence in the borough, while acknowledging that this one draws more public attention because it is along one of the busiest streets in Middletown.
“Every community has their share of deaths. Some are natural some are not. If anything raises an eyebrow, we treat everything like it’s a homicide. You only get one chance, one opportunity,” to take photos and process the scene for evidence that may be needed if the death turns out to be criminal in nature, Rux said.