Press conference held; dead body found in Mercer County

Local - 2/21/2014 4:14 PM by Rachael Cardin

PRINCETON - A body found in Mercer County was identified on Friday at a press conference in Princeton.

Deputy A.R. Ballard said 31-year-old Patrick Eric Neal was pronounced dead on Thursday after he was found on Stoney Ridge Road. The call came in from a bus driver on his morning route for Mercer County Schools. The body was found at approximately 7:15 a.m., but was hit by another bus prior to this.

According to officials, that driver was unsure of what he hit and assumed it to be debris. Investigators said they discovered that Neal was walking along the road after leaving a friend’s house in the area around 2 AM. The cause of death remains under investigation.

Ballard said, “there was also an additional bus that had traveled the same roadway approximately one hour earlier, around 6:15 AM. That did run over an object in the same vicinity. We are not certain that Mr. Neal may have not been deceased prior to this collision, and was already deceased in the roadway."

Deputy Ballard said the investigation is ongoing as they are waiting to hear back from the medical examiner to confirm the cause of death.


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