Police: Stolen gun suspect who went missing found dead

The Hollidaysburg man who threatened to harm himself and fled into the woods Thursday in the East Loop area of Frankstown Township was found dead Saturday.

Brandon D. Newton, 23, whose last known address was 708 Betsy Lane, was found dead by state police at 5 p.m., according to a press release.

Neither state police nor Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross would disclose where Newton’s body was found but said he was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Roger Oswald.

Ross would not disclose the cause of death but said an autopsy will be conducted this morning at UPMC Altoona to “rule out homicide or foul play.”

On Thursday, the Hollidaysburg Area School District locked down Frankstown Elementary School after state police informed district officials that a man with a weapon had fled into the woods and that he was contained in an area near Hollidaysburg Sportsman Road. The district was forced to cancel one of its bus routes.

East Loop Road and about a half dozen adjoining roads, most of them dead ends, were shut off to traffic, and residents already in their homes were told to stay put until the situation was resolved.

All roads were open Friday, and state police filed charges of theft of a firearm and receiving stolen property against Newton.