At first, the kids thought the body on the front porch of a trailer in a mobile home park in Newberry Township was a Halloween decoration. But upon closer inspection, it turned out to be a real-life horror show – a 68-year-old man who had ended his own life with a bullet from a handgun, police said.
Next door neighbor Donna Jones was helping her friend’s daughter and another child get ready for the township’s trick-or-treat night.
After they left and went next door, Jones said, her friend screamed for her to come outside and call for help.
Newberry Township Police Chief John Snyder said the children discovered the body of John Sucic shortly after 6 p.m. on the porch of his trailer in the Conewago Valley Mobile Home Park in the 800 block of York Road…
Police officers covered the body with a sheet and put up police tape to prevent other trick-or-treaters from seeing the scene.
Jones said the children who discovered the body are about 4 to 5 years old and were anxious to head over to Sucic’s home when they saw his outdoor light was on.
The investigation showed that Sucic had shot himself in the head. Snyder said the police had indications he had made arrangements prior to killing himself. It appeared, Snyder said, the man’s body was on the porch for about a day before the kids made the discovery.
Not even any nosy neighbors in the trailer park, eh?