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Dead 4-Year-Old Found in Septic Tank

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HOOKSTOWN, Pa. (CBS/AP) A community near Pittsburgh came together in shock during a candlelight vigil to mourn the apparent murder of a four-year-old boy.

Officials discovered the body of four-year-old Wyatt Smitsky in a septic tank just yards from his home in Beaver County Saturday Sept. 5.

A western Pennsylvania coroner says she's not prepared yet to say how the 4-year-old boy died.

An autopsy was performed Sunday, Sept. 6, but Beaver County Coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi said Monday more tests are needed. She declined to say how long it may be before she rules.

Smitsky's body was found around 12:45 p.m. Saturday after searchers drained a septic tank on property near his home in Greene Township, about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

State Police are calling it a homicide investigation, but say they're waiting for autopsy results before charging anyone.

Smitsky's parents have been questioned.

Expressing outrage and grief, residents and friends paid their respects at a vigil for Smitsky at the Hookstown Free Methodist Church on Sunday night.

  • Edecio Martinez

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