Body of missing Clarion woman found

From staff reports

The body of a missing Clarion Borough woman was found Thursday morning in Cook Forest State Park, according to Ryan Borcz, the park’s operations manager.

After the body of 43-year-old Andrea Leigh Guntrum was discovered at 9:43 a.m., Borcz confirmed Clarion County Coroner Dan Shingledecker had been called to the scene to determine the cause of death.

The search for Guntrum, which had resumed in the early hours of Thursday morning, had expanded to include the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry staff from Clear Creek, Elk, Moshannon and Cornplanter state forests.

Also involved in the search were volunteer fire departments from Farmington, Sigel, Marienville and Emlenton, as well as Clarion state police, Cook Forest State Park staff, and search-and-rescue dog teams.

Clarion Borough Police Chief William H. Peck said Wednesday evening the search initially began when Guntrum’s family, at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, reported to Clarion police that she was missing.

Peck said Wednesday his department was leading the investigation into her disappearance, but he told the newspaper Thursday after Guntrum’s body was found that the investigation has been turned over to Marienville state police.

Guntrum’s vehicle was found at about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday near the Cook Forest State Park fire tower on Fire Tower Road, near Route 36, prompting the search, Borcz told the newspaper on Wednesday.

Peck had said numerous emergency departments, led by the park’s police, searched for Guntrum until about 7 p.m. Wednesday in the area of the park where her vehicle was found.

The chief added that the search was conducted on foot, in the air and in the water.

Shingledecker could not be reached for comment Thursday in efforts to determine the cause of Guntrum’s death.