Missing Mercersburg man found dead


The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services reported on their Facebook page that Gregory Cole, the Mercersburg man who went missing earlier this week, has been found dead.

Pennsylvania State Police confirmed that Cole’s body was found Thursday in a pond around 8:40 a.m. An autopsy is pending and authorities are still investigating his death. 

The Facebook post by the Dept. of Public Safety and Correctional Services said “It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that we share with you the untimely death of Captain Gregory Cole. Please keep Captain Cole’s family, friends and coworkers in your thoughts and prayers.”

State police say there was a canoe in the area that Cole was reported missing, but are not confirming that it is related to his disappearance. 

Police have not confirm at this time if foul play was a factor in his death.

Trooper Megan Frazer of PSP reported that the Franklin County Coroner’s Office is scheduled to conduct an autopsy.

Several rescue crews are assisted in the search including Pennsylvania State Police Aviation, K9 units, Tactical mounted Units, and the Chambersburg Patrol And Crime. The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission along with the New Cumberland River Rescue, Huntingdon Co Water Rescue, South Central PA Search & Rescue, MD DOC, Mercersburg Fire Dept, Franklin Co Dept of Emergency Services also assisted. 

The investigation is still ongoing.

Cole, 51, was last seen on May 5 around the 10000 block of Knob Road in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Police say he went missing under unknown circumstances and was wearing blue jeans, a dark-colored long sleeve shirt and camo rain boots the last time he was seen.

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