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Remains found in Londonderry Township last month are those of missing area man

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 11/2/18

The skeletal remains found near Swatara Creek Road in Londonderry Township on Oct. 18 have been confirmed to be those of an area man who has been missing since July 31.

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Remains found in Londonderry Township last month are those of missing area man

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The skeletal remains found near Swatara Creek Road in Londonderry Township on Oct. 18 have been confirmed to be those of an area man who has been missing since July 31.

Forensic testing by the Dauphin County Coroner’s Office confirmed the remains are those of Kory Zimmer of the 100 block of Eby Lane in Lower Swatara Township, township Detective Robert Appleby told the Press & Journal.

Zimmer would be 48 now. He was 47 when he went missing.

Zimmer had a history of seizures and did not have his medication on him when he was last seen at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, Lower Swatara police posted on the township’s Crimewatch site when the missing person alert regarding Zimmer was first made public Aug. 2.

Deer hunters discovered the remains in a remote, swampy  wooded area off of Vine Street, described as being far off the beaten path.

The remains were reported to State Police at about 9 p.m. Oct. 18.

Zimmer lived just north of the turnpike bridge, within walking distance of where he was found.

There were times in the past when Zimmer would have a seizure and then get confused and wander off, Appleby said.

The area where Zimmer lived, not far from Swatara Creek, was still swollen July 31 from heavy rains that had brought on flooding the week before.

One theory is that Zimmer might have gotten caught up in the high water that still remained.

But Appleby said he doesn’t know what happened, and “we may never know what actually happened.”

The detective described Zimmer as “a nice guy who kept to himself. He didn’t bother anybody.”

The first clues to police that the remains were Zimmer were clothes found near the remains matching what Zimmer was wearing the last time he was seen.

Appleby said the remains were confirmed as Zimmer’s through dental records police obtained from a dentist who did a procedure on him in 2014.