Cavalier man found dead in Pennsylvania home
Friday, September 22, 2006
THORNBURY, Pa. - A missing North Dakota businessman was found dead in the basement of a house and the homeowner was arrested, authorities said.
State police identified the victim as Jason Shephard, 23, of Cavalier.
William F. Smithson, 40, of Thornbury Township, was taken into custody Thursday night and will be charged with murder, state police said.
An autopsy by the Delaware County Medical Examiner's office was pending.
Shephard had been reported missing Tuesday to police in nearby West Whiteland Township, Chester County. State police declined to comment, but issued a brief statement saying that "some of the circumstances surrounding Shephard's death appear to be suspicious" and their investigation was continuing.
Smithson was arrested without incident at his grandmother's grave, authorities said.