JERSEY MILLS – An Adams County man was found dead Wednesday morning on his property near Jersey Mills, who was killed in the past two days when he apparently felled a large tree near his cabin, according to Jerold Ross, Lycoming County Deputy Chief Coroner. No one witnessed the crash in the 1400 block of Old Post Office Road in McHenry Township.
Joseph Shoemaker, 66, of Abbottstown, was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma around 6:15 a.m., Ross said. The victim was stuck in the head when a tree he was cutting fell on him, he added. The victim was alone at the time, Ross said.
Shoemaker was discovered by a friend who was staying in Shoemaker’s cabin, Ross said.
The friend had arrived at the cabin late Tuesday evening. The kitchen light was on, but the friend went to bed, believing Shoemaker had already retired to his bedroom for the evening, Ross said.
When the friend got up early Wednesday morning, he went to get Shoemaker because he wasn’t in the cabin, Ross said.
Trapped under the broken down tree, volunteer firefighters had to pull out a giant log to free his body, Ross said.
The last time anyone spoke with Shoemaker was Sunday night, so investigators believe he died Monday or Tuesday, Ross said.