Autopsy confirms body found in creek is Wolboldt

The search for Dan Wolboldt is over.

A day after a volunteer search party recovered a body from the Conewango Creek, officials made a positive identification of the body on Monday through forensic dentistry.

Warren County Coroner Jerry Borden confirmed the identity of the body as Wolboldt, 69, of North Warren, who had been reported missing on March 23.

Dr. Eric Vey, forensic pathologist in the Erie County coroner’s office, conducted the forensic examination.

“The forensic dentistry is a perfect match,” Borden said Monday.

He said drowning was the cause of death.

“There is no evidence of foul play,” Warren County District Attorney Ross McKeirnan said Monday. “The missing persons and police investigations are now closed.”

Wolboldt was the scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 13 of North Warren and pastor of both the Interfaith Chapel at Warren State Hospital and Emanuel United Church of Christ in Warren.

Following an expert search Saturday, March 30, involving about 75 trained rescuers and four search dogs, volunteers in the community wanted to do their part in the search for Wolboldt.

Former scouts and people associated with scouting as well as other members of the community organized a search of the Chief Cornplanter Council’s Camp Olmsted in Elk Township and of the waterways near Wolboldt’s home.

Both portions of the search started with meetings at 9 a.m. Sunday. About 30 of the 60 searchers went to Olmsted and the others prepared to search the Conewango Creek from the Wolboldt home to the Allegheny River to Buckaloons.

At 10:47 a.m., the searchers recovered the body.

Officials did not confirm an identification Sunday.

“With the obvious sensitivity, respect and deference due to family and friends, I set protocol to rely upon forensic evidence to determine positive identification and cause of death,” McKeirnan said on Monday.

McKeirnan, Borden, and representatives of Conewango Township Police, City of Warren Police, and Pennsylvania State Police were present for Monday’s autopsy in Erie.

With the identification McKeirnan said, “Hopefully this will provide closure for the family, friends, and community at large.”