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Coroner: CMMS employee death a suicide

MILL HALL — The cause of death of the man who was found dead inside Central Mountain Middle School on Monday has been released.

Clinton County coroner Zach Hanna said Tuesday that he determined suicide resulted in the death of a Central Mountain Middle School employee. In a news release, Hanna identified the man as Elvis E. Cardona, 43, of Mill Hall.

In the release, Hanna said: “On October 11, 2021, I, Zach Hanna, Clinton County Coroner, responded to the Central Mountain Middle School, 200 Ben Ave., Mill Hall, PA 17751 per the request of the Pennsylvania State Police to assist in a death investigation following the discovery of a body in the school by a staff member prior to the start of the school day on Monday.

Following a thorough investigation by myself and PSP, including their Forensic Specialist Unit, it was determined that Mr. Elvis E. Cardona, a 43-year-old male of Mill Hall, PA, died as a result of suicide. Out of respect to Mr. Cardona’s family, the cause of death will remain private at this time. To address public concerns, a firearm was not involved in this incident.”

Classes at CMMS were remote again Tuesday. In-person instruction was expected to resume today.

Cardona’s body was found before the start of the school day on Monday by a staff member. As a result of the death, middle school students and their families were told that Monday’s class schedule would be switched to remote status. Tuesday was also a remote learning day.

Early Monday morning, there were a pair of state police vehicles at the school. However, they were not traditional PSP cruisers. One was labeled “Forensic Services Unit.” The other was labeled as the “Reconstruction Unit.”

According to police, the death took place sometime between 10 p.m. Sunday and 7:10 a.m. Monday. Police say that video surveillance inside the school was observed. The victim was the only one inside the school at the suspected time of death.

In a statement earlier this week, Keystone Central School District superintendent Jacquelyn Martin said that “grief counseling support is available for students and staff.” She said that, if necessary, families and staff members should contact the CMMS counseling office at (570) 893-4900 ext. 2952.

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