LARKSVILLE — Police are investigating the death of a borough man whose body was discovered on a couch with puncture wounds to the head early Tuesday.
Investigators are calling the death of William Denman suspicious.
Denman, 64, was described as a “quiet neighbor” who had previously run for elected office in the borough.
Police said Denman’s wife, Eleanor, reported finding him deceased inside their double-block home at 590 Washington Ave. at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Investigators do not believe Denman’s injuries were self-inflicted, and no weapons were found during an initial search of the residence, a search warrant affidavit filed by state police investigators says.
An autopsy is planned for Wednesday.
Investigators said Eleanor Denman told them she left for work at about 10:15 p.m. Monday and everything was fine when she last spoke to her husband by phone just before 11 p.m.
When she returned home more than eight hours later, Eleanor Denman told investigators, she found her husband face-up on the couch.
In addition to the puncture wounds, Denman had a bloody mouth, the affidavit states.
The house is equipped with a video surveillance system and a monitor for surveillance cameras was located in the same room where Denman was found. The surveillance system was taken by state police.
Investigators and troopers with the Forensic Services Unit remained outside until about noon Tuesday, until a search warrant was signed by District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke.
Troopers could be seen at work through an open gate to a privacy fence surrounding the rear yard, which appeared to have a garden and a trampoline. An American flag and the state flags of Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, Colorado and others were attached to poles around the fence.
Another investigator went door-to-door to interview neighbors.
Luzerne County Deputy Coroner Daniel Hughes removed the body just after 1 p.m.
Phil Yeager, who lives nearby on Barney Street, told the Times Leader that Denman was a quiet neighbor who often walked his grandchild.
“I’m kind of shocked because Bill stuck by himself, he’s a quiet neighbor,” Yeager said. “He used to run for politics on the Independent ticket. He would walk his granddaughter up and down the street.”
Records from the Luzerne County Bureau of Elections indicate Denman, who was not affiliated with a political party, campaigned for Larksville mayor in the 2017 general election, receiving 135 votes.
Another Barney Street resident, who requested anonymity, described the neighborhood as “quiet.”
“Not much happens around here,” she said. “It’s a quiet neighborhood. It’s shocking to see something like this happen around here.”