YORK COUNTY-—The York County Coroner's office says the death of a York County man was, in fact, homicide. The ruling, released Monday afternoon at York Area Regional Police Department. Detectives have been investigating the death of 33-year old Stacey Farmer since June 27, 2002.
Farmer's body was found lying in the driveway of his home on Snyder Corner Road in Windsor Township, by a newspaper delivery man. He was shot once in the head; however there was some question of whether it was murder or suicide. Now, the Coroner's office has officially determined the manner of death is homicide.
"Reviewing all of the information obtained from the autopsy, all the information that's been obtained so far from the police investigation, including the review of evidence and speaking to numerous experts in their fields, we've concluded that Mr. Farmer's death is a homicide," says acting Coroner Claude Stabley.
Stabley says the time delay in making the ruling is contributed to it being a very intricate case & the fact that initially, the injuries could have been from a self inflicted gunshot wound. Farmer was shot once in the head, likely with a handgun, however the no bullet or fragments were found during the autopsy. Stabley says there were entry & exit wounds.
With this ruling, police continue to interview people who knew Stacey Farmer, trying to find out who pulled the trigger.
"We feel that there are people who know more about this case, we feel that now that we've made it public information that this is a homicide, the coroner has given us that ruling, that people who know about this do not want to be accessories to that crime and they should come forward with all that they know," says Chief Tom Gross, of York Area Regional Police Dept.
Police also say there is no evidence to show that Farmer's murder is connected to the murder of Hopethan Johnson in May, 2002. Police believe Johnson was killed on Farmer's property, however, his remains were found years later near Safe Harbor Dam.
"Are they related that one caused the other or that people involved in one specifically were involved in the other one for any reason? We have nothing to show that at this point," Chief Gross says.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Kathy Burke at (717) 741-1259.