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2 bodies found in Somerset County; police investigating as homicide

Renatta Signorini
| Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, 1:29 p.m.

State police in Somerset County are treating the discovery of two bodies found in a rural area Friday as a homicide.

The bodies were found in a wooded area along Ligonier Pike in Conemaugh Township by hunters, police said.

Troopers are being assisted by a forensic anthropology team from Mercyhurst University to confirm the identities.

Police believe there may be a connection to a missing persons case in Cambria County. Authorities there have been looking into the disappearance of Damian Michael Staniszewski, 19, of Duncansville and James Edward Smith, 32, of Portage.

According to PA CrimeStoppers, the two men were acquaintances and were reported missing by their families.

They were last seen at Smith's residence March 26. Staniszewski's vehicle was located two days later along Somerset Pike in Conemaugh Township.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Somerset at 814-445-4104 or Ebensburg at 814-471-6500.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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