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Youngwood man found murdered; police interviewing persons of interest

Paul Peirce
| Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, 1:09 p.m.
Matthew Genard, 50, was found dead in this home on Wineman Lane in Hempfield Township on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Matthew Genard, 50, was found dead in this home on Wineman Lane in Hempfield Township on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
Matthew Genard
Matthew Genard

Westmoreland County investigators revealed little on Monday about the death of a man found days earlier at a Hempfield home detectives had identified as a drug distribution point.

The body of Matthew Genard, 50, was found in the residence at 111 Wineman Lane, near Youngwood Borough, state police disclosed in a brief release.

The county coroner's office confirmed the death was ruled a homicide but deferred further comment to state police. A state police spokesman could not be reached for comment.

Genard's body was discovered about 10 p.m. Friday, police said.

District Attorney John Peck said the cause of Genard's death is being withheld because of the ongoing investigation.

“I can tell you that there are a number of persons of interest whom state police are in the process of interviewing,” Peck said.

Genard did not live in the home, Peck said.

“He was found there by an acquaintance who came to that residence and telephoned 911,” Peck said.

He said Genard was pronounced dead at the scene, and authorities don't know how long he had been there.

“He was last seen Wednesday, I was told. It was not his residence, but he was known to visit the home,” Peck said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Trooper John Beynon at 724-832-3257.

In February, county detectives dismantled what they called a “sophisticated” heroin trafficking ring operated by Chauncey Lamar “Gunner” Bray, 27, of Jeannette, and identified the Wineman Lane residence as one of the distribution points.

County Detective Ray Dupilka and state police Trooper Anthony Arbaczewski identified Kellie Lee Hays, 56, who lives at the address, as an associate of Bray. Hays was charged with receiving stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm without a license in connection with the guns seized during the February raid. She remains in the county jail on $500,000 bond and is awaiting trial.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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