Body Found In Conewango Creek Sunday

WARREN, Pa. – A volunteer search party discovered a body Sunday.

“On Sunday, April 28, 2013, a body was discovered by a voluntary search group and recovered from Conewango Creek above Fifth Avenue in Warren,” District Attorney Ross McKeirnan said. “No confirmation as to identification or cause of death has been made a this time.”

“I have been in consultation with Warren County Coroner Jerry Borden,” McKeirnan continued. “An autopsy has been scheduled for (Monday).”

The search was organized as an effort to locate the body of the Rev. Dan Wolboldt.

Wolboldt, Scoutmaster of North Warren Boy Scout Troop 13 and pastor at both the Interfaith Chapel on the grounds of Warren State Hospital and Emanuel United Church of Christ in Warren, was reported missing on the morning of March 23.

Officials did not confirm the identity of the body.

“We do not have positive identification until we get to a forensic odontologist,” Borden said. “We’re trying to get positive identification and cause and manner of death.”

Organizers of the search reported that the body was found at 10:47 a.m. Sunday.

An organizer of the search said he has “mixed feelings” over the discovery of the body.

“I was very grateful that we could pull this many people together for this search,” Gregg Trisket said. “We were able to pull out 60 people.”

He described the search as “a community effort.”

“We’re all scouters, and we had a lot of community volunteers,” Trisket said. “We came together and coordinated our efforts with public safety in Warren County.”

It was not organized by the Chief Cornplanter Council.

“It wasn’t a Boy Scout search,” Scout Executive Kevin Bonner said. “We threw our support behind it.”

Many of the searchers were part of the scout community.

About half of the 60 volunteers were involved in a search of the waterways downstream from Wolboldt’s North Warren home, led by Trisket. The other half, led by Buster Godden, conducted a broad search of the grounds of Camp Olmsted – the Chief Cornplanter Council’s scout camp. Pre-search meetings were held at about 9 a.m.

“More information will be released when confirmed,” McKeirnan said.