Cops, Courts and Fire

UPDATED: Police ID Washington Crossing Homicide Victim

UPDATED: 4:33 p.m., Thursday: 

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The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said late Thursday afternoon that Michael D. McNew, 64, of 1050 River Road in Upper Makefield, was the victim of the a homicide.

Following an autopsy Wednesday, the Bucks County Coroner’s Office determined McNew died as the result of a homicide. However, authorities declined to release his specific manner of death.

Detectives have followed up on numerous leads but no suspects have been arrested, the district attorney’s office said.

Anyone with information that could help detectives is asked to call 215-968-3020 or submit a tip via CrimeWatch, which can be done anonymously.

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A barricade near the scene where police focused their attention earlier this week.
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Upper Makefield residents and police sources have said detectives have spent hours at a home in the 1000 block of River Road where a man was found deceased Tuesday.

As of Thursday afternoon, details on what happened remained sketchy but police and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said the investigation was moving forward and that they were “pursuing numerous leads.”

Detectives remained along the street late into Tuesday and were again outside the home Wednesday.

“The nature of the investigation has not yet been released, but authorities stress that any suspected crime does not appear to be a random act,” police said in a statement.

A source who heard the 9-1-1 dispatch go out said police, medics and a utility truck from the Upper Makefield Volunteer Fire Company were dispatched to the home where the body was found around 6 p.m. Tuesday for a reported cardiac emergency. Police have said the arriving officers found a deceased person.

Few residents along River Road between Lafayette Drive and General Green Road were home Thursday, but some did say Wednesday via email and phone that a man resided at the home where investigators focused their attention. 

The Trenton Fire Department dive team was called Wednesday and spent time in the Delaware River in the area of the home where the body was found. It was unclear what investigators were looking for in the river.

Authorities said Thursday that they were not releasing the name of the deceased person and were not immediately commenting on the nature of the death.

The 2,700-square-foot riverfront home where investigators appeared to focus their efforts has been owned by a 64-year-old Washington Crossing man since he purchased it in July 2008.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001