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Suicide ruled as cause of death of former federal energy lab leader in Upper St. Clair

| Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6:55 p.m.

The death of a former federal energy lab leader from Upper St. Clair who was awaiting trial on obstruction charges was ruled a suicide on Tuesday by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

The body of Anthony Cugini, 54, was found on the morning of Jan. 8 in a dry creek bed in a wildlife area of Upper St. Clair. He had been reported missing by his wife the day before.

Pathologists found that Cugini died from hypothermia, a spokesman for the medical examiner's office said.

Cugini, the former director of the South Park-based National Energy Technology Laboratory, had pleaded not guilty to obstructing a Department of Energy investigation into allegations of misuse of his office. Prosecutors did not say why they accused Cugini of misusing his office other than to accuse him of destroying and hiding evidence and lying to investigators and encouraging others to do the same.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or mhasch@tribweb.co.

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