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April 23, 2012

Missing man found dead behind school

NEW CASTLE — The case of a missing man was tragically solved yesterday when police found his body behind Lockley School.

Michael McCune, 18, of 211 S. Ray St., had been missing since Thursday.

McCune was found about 11 a.m. yesterday behind the schooll at 900 Main Street, in a wooded area that once was a Free Methodist Church camp.

Police chief Bobby Salem said today that McCune suffered a gunshot wound to the head and that a handgun was found with him. However, the circumstances surrounding his death are still under investigation.

Salem said an autopsy was performed yesterday at Heritage Valley Health System in Beaver County.

“It looks like an apparent suicide,” Lawrence County Deputy Coroner Al DeCarbo said this morning.

DeCarbo said McCune suffered one gunshot wound, and a coroner’s ruling is pending full autopsy results, he said.

According to New Castle police, McCune’s father, 53-year-old Rick McCune, contacted them around 7:20 p.m. Friday about his son who had been missing since Thursday.

He said no one had heard from Michael in 24 hours and he had not answered his cell phone. He said he contacted the cell provider, which used a GPS to track his phone signal.

The GPS showed the phone was in the woods behind Lockely School, police reported.

Police searched the woods with McCune’s father and brother.

Family members said McCune had been employed as a grill cook at King’s Restaurant.

State and Shenango Township police and the Lawrence County District attorney assisted with the search.

(Email: dmorris@ncnewsonline.com)

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