Meadville Tribune

September 30, 2013

Autopsy shows hunting arrow killed man

Identity of victim still not confirmed

By Keith Gushard
Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — A hunting arrow into the chest is what killed a man whose remains were discovered inside a barrel in northern Crawford County Friday night by Pennsylvania State Police.

The ruling came mid-afternoon today following an autopsy on what are believed to be the remains of Gerald Vandyke, 55, of the Union City area, who has been missing since Sept. 14.

“I’m confident the remains are the victim, but we still have an ongoing investigation,” Francis Schultz, Crawford County’s district attorney, said this afternoon.

Additional testing of DNA from tissue samples must be completed for confirmation of the man’s identity as the man’s head and hands had been removed, Schultz said.

Richard A. Houy, 68, of 21300 Teepleville Flats Road, Cambridge Springs, is charged by state police with criminal homicide, criminal use of a communication facility, tampering with or fabricating evidence, and false reports to law enforcement in connection with Vandyke’s death.

Houy has confessed to the crime, according to a search warrant affidavit filed last week by state police.

See Tuesday’s Tribune for additional details.