MERCER, Pa. (AP) - State police say human remains found by a hunter over the weekend could be those of an 80-year-old man reported missing this summer.
That man, Donald Mariacher, was last seen July 13 in East Lackawannock Township, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh.
Police say he was agoraphobic - or afraid to leave his house - though he had previously done just that three months earlier when he walked away with a wad of cash and was found lying in some roadside brush but, otherwise, unharmed.
The missing man's son, Mike Mariacher, tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that state troopers from the Mercer barracks called to tell him when the remains were found Saturday a half mile from his father's home.
Police say tests could take weeks to confirm the identity of the remains.
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