Coroner IDs body found in Schuylkill River
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.
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.