CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — While the investigation into the disappearance and death of Cambridge Springs resident Eric J. Royer continues, Crawford County Coroner Pat McHenry has virtually ruled out foul play as the cause of death of the 35-year-old father of four, whose body was found in French Creek Thursday afternoon.

“Right now we have a drowning,” McHenry said Saturday following the autopsy, which was performed in Erie earlier in the day. “We found nothing to indicate foul play. There was no trauma on the body.”

Royer, who been missing since Feb. 21, lived in Erie for most of his life before moving to Cambridge Springs with his family four years ago. He and his wife were the parents of four small children ranging in age from 1 to 6.

The investigation is under the direction of Pennsylvania State Police. Trooper Michael Goss, the investigating officer, reported that the body was discovered at approximately 1:35 p.m. floating in the creek in Cambridge Township west of Cambridge Springs.

While Royer appeared to be dressed in the same clothing he was reportedly wearing on the day of his disappearance, McHenry explained that the water temperature in French Creek at this time of year makes it impossible to quickly determine an exact time of death. “The investigation will have to continue before I can make that determination,” he said.

According to McHenry, once samples are submitted for the alcohol and drug analysis that is routine in cases such as this, it will take three to four weeks for results to be returned.

Goss was not available for comment.



Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at mspicer@meadvilletribune.com

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