Skeletal remains a hunter found Dec. 1 in Mercer County are those of an 81-year-old man who disappeared from his home in East Lackawannock in July, according to the Mercer County coroner's office.
Donald Lee Mariacher had been missing from his Perry Highway home since July 13. Dental records and other information was used to identify him.
Mercer County coroner J. Bradley McGonigle III ruled the death accidental and cited environmental exposure as the cause. The coroner called Mr. Mariacher's Alzheimer disease a contributing factor in his death.
Pennsylvania State Police said shortly after finding the remains they believed they could be those of Mr. Mariacher.