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Autopsy results in Hempfield Township homicide sent to state troopers

Paul Peirce
| Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 2:48 p.m.
Matthew Genard, 50, was found dead in this home at 111 Wineman Lane in Hempfield Township on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Matthew Genard, 50, was found dead in this home at 111 Wineman Lane in Hempfield Township on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
Matthew Genard
Matthew Genard

The Westmoreland County Coroner's office has forwarded to state police results of an autopsy on a former Youngwood man who was found dead Friday at a Hempfield home, Coroner Ken Bacha said Tuesday.

Details about the death of Matthew Genard, 50, won't be released yet at the request of investigators, Bacha said.

Genard's body was found in the home at 111 Wineman Lane, near Youngwood Borough, about 10 p.m. Friday, according to state police. County detectives last spring identified the home as a drug distribution point.

State troopers conducted more interviews Tuesday, District Attorney John Peck said.

“I met with the troopers Monday afternoon, and they are continuing to work various leads in the case,” Peck said. “All I can say at this point (is) it is a very active, ongoing investigation.”

While state police, the coroner's office and Peck all confirmed that Genard's death was a homicide, they have released no details about how he died.

Troopers obtained three search warrants over the weekend from night duty District Judge Mark Mansour of Hempfield, but the documents are sealed.

Peck said Genard did not live in the Hempfield home and was already dead when an acquaintance found him there.

Investigators are trying to determine when he was killed, Peck said. He was last seen Nov. 8, two days before his body was discovered.

Genard was a 1985 graduate of Hempfield Area High School and was on the Spartan wrestling squad.

Recently, he used an address on Fourth Avenue, Altoona, according to court documents filed in Westmoreland County.

Genard used that address when he was charged in January with a minor drug violation that occurred in Hempfield in May 2015. He pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge and was fined $25 by Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio, according to online documents.

In July, Genard won an $1,804 civil judgment by default against a Jeannette woman before Jeannette District Judge Joseph DeMarchis. Genard also used the Altoona address in that case.

He has no criminal record in Blair County, according to online records.

The telephone number he used in Altoona still has Genard's voice on the answering machine.

Relatives contacted Tuesday declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

State police ask that anyone with information about the case contact Trooper John Beynon at 724-832-3257.

The Wineman Lane residence where Genard was found was identified as a drug distribution point in February, when county detectives dismantled what they called a sophisticated heroin trafficking ring led by Chauncey Lamar “Gunner” Bray, 27, of Jeannette.

Authorities said Kellie Lee Hays, 56, who lives at the address, was 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 a gun seized after the February raid. She remains in West­more­land County Prison 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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