More details released in 2 shootings
Investigators believe that Jacqueline DelGuerico, the woman who committed suicide Sunday morning on East Third Street while being chased by police, may have killed the elderly man whose body was dumped late Saturday night along Fairview Drive in Montoursville.
“I have probable cause to believe that the victim was (shot) inside DelGuerico’s car, possibly by DelGuerico,” state Trooper Tyson Havens, the lead investigator, said in court papers.
The body of Edward Joseph White Sr., 77, of 677 Cemetery St., was found near Fairview Drive and Cherry Street about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The time was incorrect in Monday’s edition.
Montoursville police initially believed that White had been struck by a hit-run driver.
Still breathing but unconscious, White was rushed to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead 90 minutes later.
At the emergency room, officials discovered that White had been shot in the head and hip, Havens said. At that time, state police took over the investigation.
Surveillance video reviewed by police showed that White spent part of Saturday night with DelGuerico, 28, whom White referred to as “his girlfriend” in a telephone conversation with a nephew, Havens said in an affidavit.
Police did not offer any more specific information about the relationship between the two.
Video from Wal-Mart in Montoursville showed White arriving alone at the department store just before 9 p.m., Havens said. “He shops in the store, makes a purchase and then sits on a bench,” the investigator said.
He is seen leaving the store at 9:36 p.m. with a woman, later identified as DelGuerico. “The two appear to be arguing for three minutes in the store’s parking lot before leaving in DelGuerico’s Mitsubishi sedan,” Haven said, adding that the woman got behind the wheel while White is seen getting in the passenger side.
White lived with a nephew and the two talked on the telephone at about 10 p.m., Havens said.
White told his nephew that he was “running a little late” and that he was with “his girlfriend,” Havens said.
Police said they also have reviewed video taken earlier Saturday night at an eatery in Loyalsock Township where White and DelGuerico were seen together.
Wal-Mart video also shows DelGuerico returning to the store about 1:40 a.m. Sunday, less than an hour after Miller was declared dead at the hospital.
After making a purchase, “DelGuerico can be seen returning to her car and fixing what appeared to a be a broken front passenger window,” Haven said.
Near where White’s body was found, police had “discovered pieces of broken glass,” he said.
During their investigation, police spoke with a Montoursville resident who was driving along Fairview Drive just minutes before White’s body was discovered.
The motorist told police he remembered seeing a Mitsubishi parked “partially on the berm and partially on the roadway, facing south. The driver, who did not stop, noticed the car’s backup lights activate and then go back off,” Havens said.
Hours after his death, White’s Pontiac Grand Am was located at the Wal-Mart parking lot, Havens said.
Police also learned there already was an arrest warrant for DelGuerico, of 412 Anthony St., for absconding from her state parole officer. She was on parole for receiving stolen property.
Also, DelGuerico was suspected of stealing a handgun from her boyfriend, Michael Northrop, in late March, an investigation being conducted by South Williamsport police, Havens said.
Area police were told Sunday morning to be on the lookout for the woman and her car.
City Patrolman Jason Dockey was on routine patrol when he spotted DelGuerico driving her car near Washington Boulevard and Franklin Street about 10:30 a.m. The officer activated his cruiser’s emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the woman, but she did not pull over.
The pursuit continued on numerous streets before ending in the 1800 block of East Third St., where DelGuerico took a gun and shot herself as she still was driving, Havens said. The car crashed into a building at Schneider Valley Farms Dairy, causing minor damage to the structure.
Havens confirmed that a handgun was recovered at the woman’s feet. He did not say if the gun was the one stolen from Northrop.
“A suicide note was found on the left rear seat” and written for a family member, Havens said. He did not disclose its contents.
“There was an apparent bullet hole in the interior passenger side door. There also was dry blood on the passenger seat head rest, but the passenger seat itself appears to have been wiped clean,” Havens said.
There also was “a large amount of dry blood” near the passenger door, he added.
Late Sunday afternoon, state troopers, armed with a search warrant, went to DelGuerico’s Anthony Street home in the city looking for any additional evidence that might connect her with White’s death.
Among the items police were looking for were White’s wallet, Social Security card and driver’s license, Havens said. Investigators also were looking for “any and all cleaning products” that might have been used to clean DelGuerico’s car.
No information was available Monday night on what police seized from the house.
Ballistics tests will be done on a bullet recovered from White’s body to see if was fired from the same gun DelGuerico used to end her life, police said. Results are not likely to be known for several weeks.
Anyone with information about White’s death is asked to call state police at 570-368-5700.