Coro­ner IDs body found in Schuylkill River

The Phoenix - - LOCAL NEWS - Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

The Berks County Coro­ner’s Of­fice has iden­ti­fied the body of a man in hos­pi­tal garb found along the Schuylkill River by kayak­ers on Satur­day, Sept. 16.

Of­fi­cials said Randy S. Fabian, 56, has been pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied as the man found along the Schuylkill River over the week­end. Fol­low­ing an au­topsy that was con­ducted Mon­day, the coro­ner’s of­fice said that a rul­ing has not yet been made on the cause of death. How­ever, pre­lim­i­nary find­ings in­di­cate his death was con­sis­tent with ac­ci­den­tal drown­ing.

The coro­ner’s of­fice said the man had left Read­ing Hos­pi­tal against the advice of doc­tors on Sept. 8. Fabian was still wear­ing hos­pi­tal socks and had heart mon­i­tor pads stuck to his chest when his body was found tan­gled in branches along the river shore­line.

Po­lice said Fabian’s body was found be­tween Gi­bral­tar and Birds­boro on the Robeson Town­ship side of the river. Res­cuers said the body was found by kayak­ers in de­bris along the river about a half-mile off Route 724 in the 1000 block of Schuylkill Road. Ac­cord­ing to ini­tial reports, the man was wear­ing hos­pi­tal socks and had heart mon­i­tor pads stuck to his chest.

Once kayak­ers con­tacted po­lice, au­thor­i­ties used 4-wheel-drive ve­hi­cles to take first re­spon­ders back to the scene along a pri­vate trail through thick brush.

Po­lice and fire­fight­ers from sev­eral area de­part­ments and com­pa­nies re­sponded, along with mem­bers of the Boy­er­town Wa­ter Res­cue Unit.

It was be­lieved he had been in the wa­ter for at least a week. In­ves­ti­ga­tors haven’t said how or why they believe he wound up in the river.

The Berks County Coro­ner’s Of­fice had dif­fi­culty con­tact­ing Fabian’s fam­ily and asked that any­one with in­for­ma­tion on his next of kin con­tact the coro­ner’s of­fice at 610-478-3280.

TOM KELLY III — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRSTMEDIA

Po­lice, EMS res­cue boats and the Berks County Coro­ner were all called to a re­port of a man’s body found in the Schuylkill River just west of Birds­boro Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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