The circumstances concerning human remains found by hunters off Goose Pond Road, Thursday, November 30, were being investigated by authorities.

SALEM TOWNSHIP - The circumstances concerning human remains found by hunters off Goose Pond Road, Thursday, November 30, were being investigated by authorities. An update by the PA State Police on December 2nd reported that the body found is that of Jerry Patrick Bruno, a 53 year old man from Throop, Lackawanna County.

PA State Police, Honesdale, issued a report late Thursday that the two hunters found the remains at approximately 4:30 p.m.  in a wooded area off Goose Pond Road, approximately a half mile south of Everly Road in Salem Township, Wayne County. The condition of the remains rendered immediate identification impossible.

Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell reported on Friday afternoon that the body was in an advanced state of decomposition. At the autopsy confirmed that the person was an adult male.

Further investigation was still needed before the cause and manner of death could be detemenined. Additional testing will be performed, Howell said, and further information will be released when it is known.

Trooper John Decker reported that the decedent was wearing blue jeans and a tan T-shirt. He was about 5’10” and weighed about 200 or more pounds, and had a brown ponytail. Prior to his identity being confirmed, State Police released a picture of a tattoo in hopes of receiving needed information.

The PA State Police at Honesdale are conducting the investigation in conjunction with the Wayne County Coroner’s Office and the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office.

Everly Road meets Goose Pond Road in a four way intersection; south of Goose Pond Road it becomes St. Mary Church Road.

Anyone having information is asked to please contact the State Police at 570-253-7126 or the Wayne County Communications Center at 570-253-3109.