JERSEY SHORE – Body parts found inside a Jersey Shore house may be the remains of a Jersey Shore man who has been missing since Feb. 4, investigators say, and the owner of the house has been arrested.
While the victim has yet to be officially identified, authorities believe the body may be that of Michael Krauser, who was reported missing from his 232 S. Broad St. home, according to court records.
Glenn A. Jackson was taken into custody and arraigned before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley on Thursday afternoon.
State and Tiadaghton Valley Regional police and forensic investigators worked through the early morning hours Thursday, after executing a search warrant on Jackson’s residence at 317 S. Lincoln Ave.
Neighbors stared on in confusion, disbelief and revulsion as authorities dug in the backyard and measured windows and doorframes of the home in an attempt to gather evidence in what District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt confirmed is a homicide investigation.
During the search, a police dog alerted investigators to human remains that had been buried about 4 feet deep in a basement crawlspace, according to police.
Jackson, who was incarcerated in lieu of $200,000 bail, has been charged with abusing a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.
“These charges are just to hold him while the investigation continues,” Linhardt said.
After police were unable to locate Krauser at his home, they contacted Jackson, who authorities described as “a known friend” of the missing man.
On Wednesday, a witness, whom authorities asked not to be named at this time, told police that Jackson had described burying Krauser’s body in his basement.
Jackson allegedly has described “a foul odor due to the body decomposing and spoke of digging up the body to bury it deeper,” records state.
The body is expected to be exhumed today. Dennis Dirkmaat, a forensic anthropologist with Mercyhurst College, has been called in to assist with the investigation, according to Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr.
“Dr. Dirkmaat will be coming to exhume the body (today). Following his autopsy, we’ll be able to discover exactly what we have,” Kiessling said.
The gruesome details drew reactions from many in the neighborhood, including Richard Coleman, a lifelong resident of Jersey Shore.
“I knew something like this was going to happen. Glenn had a lot of problems with alcohol … and quite a temper,” Coleman said.
Many onlookers were shocked such a brutal scene was taking place only one block from the Jersey Shore Area Middle School.
Superintendent Richard Emery warned teachers and principals to remain vigilant during the investigation.
“As soon as I learned about this, I immediately went out and spoke with state police. The officers assured me there was no reason to increase security measures in light of this incident,” Emery said.