Men found dead in Arnold home remembered as good neighbors |
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Chuck Biedka

Officials on Monday identified two men found dead in an Arnold house on Friday.

Michael Joseph Hans, 42, and Paul Anthony Mistrick III, 64, both of Arnold, were found inside Mistrick’s Fifth Avenue residence, officials said.

Autopsies were done Saturday.

Westmoreland County Deputy Coroner Sean R. Hribel said he could not provide a cause or manner of death Monday because he is awaiting the results of a toxicology test, which won’t be available for weeks.

Friday, Arnold firefighters checked the house for carbon monoxide. The rear door and windows were open when police entered around noon.

Police were looking for Hans at his residence along Sixth Avenue earlier Friday after receiving a missing person report and, when they couldn’t find him there, they went to his friend Mistrick’s house intending to ask if he had seen Hans. That’s when police discovered the men’s bodies.

Westmoreland County detectives and Arnold police continue to investigate.

County Detective Jason Napier said there was no obvious sign of foul play.

A GoFundMe account set up online to raise money for Hans’ funeral and memorial expenses described him as a “good, loving, hard-working man” who “respected others (and) loved spending time with his friends.”

Best friend

Across the street, neighbor Michelle Murray said she and her children loved Mistrick’s sense of humor. She said he watched after the children and others in the tight-knit neighborhood.

He was a beloved jokester who would send notes back and forth with Murray’s 11-year-old daughter Skye.

“We found out he kept all of the notes. He knew that we loved him,” Murray said.

Mistrick was “my best friend,” Murray said.

“He made the best barbecue chicken,” Murray and her daughter said about Mistrick.

Neighbor Nate Naccarato agreed that Hans and Mistrick were well liked in the neighborhood.

“Paul was my man in the neighborhood. He would watch out for the block and make sure the kids were OK when we were working,” he said. “He was the first to call us when something was going on. He was a really good guy.”

He described Hans as a “stand-up guy who worked and helped neighbors.”

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