John Doe found in Penfield was a 'drug mule'
PENFIELD — DuBois-based state police are still seeking information that may lead to the identity of a John Doe suspected of being a ‘drug mule’ and found dead along state Route 153 near Penfield on Friday.
According to Clearfield County Coroner Mike Morris, an autopsy conducted Sunday in State College did not reveal the man’s identity, but it did reveal a possible cause of death.
“We still don’t have John Doe’s identity,” Morris said in a telephone interview Sunday after the autopsy was conducted. “Pending positive toxicology results, we do believe John Doe’s death was a result of him being a drug mule.”
A drug mule is a person who smuggles illegal drugs by attaching the drugs to the body, or by hiding the drugs inside a body cavity.
“One of the packages of suspected narcotics had come undone (inside the body),” Morris explained. “He had these (drugs) in his system. So one broke open without his knowledge. He would have died of an overdose.
“That’s what we know now,” Morris continued. “He was transporting drugs.”
Morris said he is hopeful that police will be able to identify the person through fingerprints.
The male’s body was discovered over a guide rail by a passer-by along Hoovertown Road (state Route 153) located between U.S. Route 219 and the community of Penfield in Huston Township, about a half-mile from the Elk County Line.
Morris was called to the scene shortly after noon on Friday.
Morris said the man is believed to be in his early 30s, and said he believed the death occurred between midnight and 6 a.m. early Friday morning.
Anyone with information that may lead to the man’s identity or circumstances surrounding the death are asked to call Dubois-based state police at 371-4652.