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Head in a Bag

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Severed head found in lake
Bucks County Courier Times

Authorities have landed a genuine mystery after a local firefighter discovered a severed head while fishing in Bristol Township.

The firefighter, whose name has not been released, was fishing near the eastern shore of Magnolia Lake a few yards from Lakeland Avenue shortly after 6 p.m. when he spotted something floating nearby. He waded out a little farther into the waters and found a satchel with a head inside.

County park rangers pulled the satchel from the water shortly before 7 p.m. County detectives and the rangers checked the immediate area, which was closed off with yellow caution tape until about 8:45 p.m. County detectives and park rangers are investigating the case because the discovery was on county property.

Detective Terry Lachman said it was hard to tell how long the person had been dead. Investigators believe the head might be that of an African-American male, though they admit it's hard to tell because of the bloating that occurs when a body is immersed in water.

District Attorney Diane Gibbons said investigators haven't decided whether they will search the lake or elsewhere for signs of the body.

"Normally someone wouldn't put a head in a bag and put the body in the same place," Gibbons said. Investigators will speak with Delaware County detectives about a headless body found in Chester on Aug. 26.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact county detectives at 215-348-6354 or park rangers at 215-757-0571.

Matt Coughlin can be reached at 215-949-4172 or mcoughlin@phillyBurbs.com.

September 1, 2007 4:00 AM