A 25-year-old school teacher was found dead, apparently strangled, in her East Lampeter Township townhouse Monday morning.
The victim was identified as Christy Ann Mirack of 2071 William Penn Way in the Greenfield Estates complex. She taught sixth grade at Rohrerstown Elementary School.
Police were tight-lipped Monday about their investigation and would not say whether they were seeking a suspect. No arrests had been made by late Monday night.
Dr. Barry Walp, county coroner, pronounced the victim dead about 10 a.m. Monday after her body was discovered by the principal of her school shortly after 9 a.m.
Walp called the death "a probable strangulation" and said an autopsy will be performed this morning. He declined to answer further questions.
John A. Kenneff, first assistant district attorney, also turned aside most questions about the case. He was conferring with investigators at the East Lampeter Township police station late Monday night.
Asked if the investigation would continue through the night, he said, "We’re still here."
The victim’s apartment was sealed off by police and remained vacant Monday. No sign of damage or forced entry to the front door was visible from the front lawn.
Miss Mirack had a roommate, Mary Lesko, but she was not at the apartment Monday afternoon and evening and could not be reached. Police would not say whether they had questioned Miss Lesko or what they had learned from her.
Neighbors on William Penn Way pointed out Miss Mirack’s late model blue Honda Prelude still parked in a space near her apartment. The car was clean and neat inside with a fur hat on the back seat and a cassette by the rock band the Black Crowes on the passenger seat.
One neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said Miss Mirack and her roommate had lived in the apartment at least four years. At one time there was a third female roommate, the neighbor said, but she got married and moved out.
"They were quiet. They didn’t have parties. There were no guys coming and going," said the neighbor. "This is really scary."
Miss Mirack’s family lives in Shamokin. Family members reached Monday referred questions to the victim’s father, Vincent Mirack, but he would not speak to a reporter.
The victim’s body was discovered by Harry N. Goodman, principal of Miss Mirack’s school. Goodman reportedly went to Miss Mirack’s home when she failed to show up for work Monday.
According to one report, Goodman found the front door ajar, went inside and discovered the body.
The principal went to a neighboring apartment and called police at 9:22 a.m.
Monday’s incident happened almost a year after 16-year-old Laurie Show was stabbed to death in her home in the Oaks condominium complex, which is also in East Lampeter Township.
Intelligencer Journal staff writers John Drybred and Alan Walsh contributed to this story.