5 found dead in cabin

ELIMSPORT – A young woman, a man and three children were found dead Saturday about 11:48 a.m. at a cabin at 405 Gap Road in rural Washington Township, according to Capt. David Young of state police Troop F in Montoursville.

The victims were discovered by the owner of the property who had hosted the party of five overnight after a friendly get-together. The man, whose name was not released by state police, had slept in his truck outside the cabin and found the bodies upon waking.

Young said the preliminary investigation revealed that the cause of the deaths is not suspicious, but that state police are looking at all possibilities, including carbon monoxide poisoning. He said a propane heater was found inside the cabin.

Two of the victims were Jacqueline R. Stackhouse, 23, of New Columbia, and her 3-year-old son. The other three victims were Nathan L. Reece, 30, of Muncy, and two young girls, one 4 years old, and the other 9 years old. The identities of the latter two were not immediately released.

The relationships between the victims still is not known, Young said, but that all of the next of kin have been notified, many of whom could be scene near the cabin, as public safety vehicles and various cars lined the long, dirt road that extends from Gap Road to the 10- by 16-foot cabin.

“It was a hysterical scene, especially for the parents of some of the victims,” Young said about notifying the victims’ family and friends.

All five were pronounced dead at the scene by Lycoming County Coroner Charles Kiessling, who has yet to decide whether an autopsy will be necessary to reveal the cause of the deaths.

First responders from Clinton Township and Warrior Run were assisting on the scene.