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Suspect in Lower Swatara Township assault found dead in West Virginia

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 1/9/20

A woman who was the suspect in a Lower Swatara assault Jan. 6 was found dead later that day in an apparent suicide in West Virginia, according to township police. 

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Suspect in Lower Swatara Township assault found dead in West Virginia

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A woman who was the suspect in a Lower Swatara assault Jan. 6 was found dead later that day in an apparent suicide in West Virginia, according to township police.

Lower Swatara Police Chief Jeff Vargo said the suspect was Whitney Kennedy, 31, of Penbrook.

Township police received a report of an assault at 2:17 a.m. Jan. 6 at a residence in the 2000 block of Market Street Extended.

According to Vargo, Kennedy broke into the residence and assaulted a victim. A weapon was involved, and during the assault, she pistol-whipped the victim, he said. The victim was not transported to the hospital.

Kennedy was known to the victim, Vargo said.

He said there were no signs of forced entry.

Kennedy reportedly fled before officers arrived.

Vargo said during the investigation, police learned that the suspect was found dead in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Working with the Martinsburg Police Department, Vargo said it “appeared the suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

The Martinsburg Police Department did not respond to a request for comment.

According to the Martinsburg newspaper The Journal, Martinsburg police responded at 10:43 a.m. Jan. 6 to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a parking area behind a Sherwin-Williams Paint Store.

Kennedy was found dead behind the wheel, according to the article in The Journal.

Her death is being investigated as a suicide by Martinsburg detectives and the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.