Cops, Courts and Fire

Coroner Identities Man Who Died In Canal

The building that houses the county coroner’s office. Credit: Tom Sofield/

Authorities released more information surrounding the death of a Langhorne man who was found deceased in the Delaware Canal in Upper Makefield on Thursday morning.

Leland Smeltz, 73, was spotted fishing in the canal by a bicyclist along the path. He was found deceased in the water a short time later by a person walking nearby, Bucks County Coroner Dr. Joseph Campbell told

An autopsy was performed Friday morning, and Smeltz’s death does not appear to be suspicious, Campbell said, adding toxicology testing will have to be returned before a final cause can be determined.

Police said they were called along with firefighters around 10:25 a.m. Thursday.

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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