Man found dead along Kiski Township trail |

Man found dead along Kiski Township trail

Mary Ann Thomas
Daniel Shearer

A Kiski Township man who went missing Tuesday evening was found dead Wednesday morning on a recreational trail in the township.

An autopsy determined that Daniel Albert Shearer, 27, died of natural causes, according to Brian Myers, Armstrong County coroner. Toxicology results are pending.

Shearer’s body was found on the Rock Furnace Trail, a remote but well-used hiking trail off the popular Roaring Run Trail.

Police don’t suspect foul play, Kiski Township police Chief Jerrod Thompson said.

Shearer left to jog on the trail at 7 p.m. Tuesday and didn’t return to his Highland Avenue home. His mother looked for his car and found it at a Roaring Run trail parking lot, according to Myers.

The fire department sent two off-road, four-wheel drive vehicles and a dozen volunteers to look for Shearer at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, said Rich Frain, chief of the Kiski Township Fire department.

After about an hour of searching, rescue crews found the man on the Rock Furnace Trail, about a mile in from the trail’s entrance on Brownstown Road.

Shearer had collapsed on the trail’s suspension bridge with no apparent signs of injury, according to Frain.

The coroner pronounced him dead at the scene.

The Curran-Shaffer Funeral Home in Apollo is handling the funeral arrangements.

Kiski Township police and the coroner’s office were assisted by Parks Township police, Vandergrift EMS and the Armstrong County District Attorney’s Office.

Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4691 or [email protected].

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