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Dental records needed to identify body


April 21. 2014 11:43PM

By - elewis@civitasmedia.com






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RANSOM TWP. — Lackawanna County Coroner Tim Rowland said Monday he is hoping dental records will help identify the body of a woman found in a pond near Main Street on Saturday.


Rowland said an autopsy was inconclusive to determine the cause and manner of death. He noted toxicology tests were performed in an attempt to learn if alcohol or drugs played a role in the woman’s death.


Rowland said the body showed no signs of foul play.


The body was found in a pond on private property at about 4 p.m. Saturday in an area where the vehicle of a missing Kingston Township woman was located on Nov. 3.


Diane Zavislak, 57, of Spring Garden Street, was reported missing by her husband, Gerald Zavislak, on Nov. 5.


Kingston Township Police Chief James Balavage could not be reached for comment on Monday.


Balavage previously said Zavislak’s vehicle was found abandoned in Ransom Township along Upper Narrows Road near the Susquehanna River that separates Lackawanna and Wyoming counties.


Balavage said Zavislak has no family in Ransom Township.


Zavislak’s house in Trucksville is about 10 miles from where her car was found.


An exhaustive search took place in Ransom Township as well as in Wyoming County that included the state police aviation unit in the days after she was reported missing.


Court records say township police cited Zavislak with harassment on Nov. 1. She was also charged with simple assault and harassment after township police investigated a fight at her house on Oct. 9.




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