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Body found near Cranberry medical facility was former Beaver County man

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By Bill Vidonic
Friday, March 1, 2013, 4:18 p.m.

Authorities may never know how a Butler man whose skeletal remains were found in Cranberry died, police said on Friday.

Dental records and an ID found with his body identified Christopher Alan Menosky, 47, said police Sgt. Chuck Mascellino.

A man walking from UPMC Passavant to the nearby Cranberry Mall on Feb. 16 spotted Menosky's remains along Dutilh Road.

Because of the body's decomposition, police believe the remains had lain there for months.

Forensic anthropologists from Mercyhurst University in Erie collected and examined the remains. Mascellino said they found no obvious sign of trauma, so officials don't believe foul play led to Menosky's death, though a cause was not determined.

Menosky was reported missing from the Butler area on July 19.

Because of privacy issues, Mascellino could not say where Menosky was living when he disappeared or provide more information.

Menosky had lived in several locations in Beaver County, he said.

Police don't know why he was in Cranberry when he died.

His family members could not be reached.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for TribTotal Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or

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