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Body identified as missing Oakmont man

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Ronald Krenke, 53, of Oakmont was last seen by a friend in the 500 block of Allegheny Avenue around 11 p.m. on Aug. 30.
By Braden Ashe
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

A body found in Oakmont on Saturday has been identified as that of borough resident Ronald Krenke, 53, of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Krenke had been missing since Aug. 30, when he was last seen in the 500 block of Allegheny Avenue, according to Oakmont police Chief David DiSanti Sr.

Two passers-by discovered his body on Saturday in a wooded area along Allegheny Avenue near Plum Creek,DiSanti said. The location is less than a mile south from where he was last seen alive.

No cause of death has been determined. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office is awaiting Tuesday's autopsy results, which may not be available for several weeks.

The office identified the body based on evidence of a hip replacement.

DiSanti said foul play has been “essentially ruled out,” and he believes Krenke died the day he went missing.

A disabled Army veteran, Krenke had a history of congestive heart failure and stroke.

The friend who last saw him alive said he appeared normal, according to Oakmont police.

The department found court papers on Krenke's body but wouldn't comment on their nature.

Neither Oakmont police nor the medical examiner's office would divulge whether there were outward signs of trauma on his body or obvious causes of death.

Braden Ashe is a staff writer for the Valley News Dispatch. He can be reached at 724-226-4673 or

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