2012-03-01 / Local & State

Man Sought In Pa. Slayings Fatally Shoots Himself

LAKE HARMONY, Pa. (AP) – A man being sought in the deaths of an elderly couple at a resort in the Pocono mountains fatally shot himself after a brief police chase, authorities said Sunday.

John Carnochan, 77, and Mildred Carnochan, 75, were found dead Saturday afternoon at their from the Split Rock Resort home. Authorities have not said how they died.

On Saturday night, state police were seeking a silver Cadillac taken from the home. Police who had been asked to check a Snydertown home for the missing car spotted the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop and sped off. The vehicle was seen again about 20 minutes later and officers from several law enforcement agencies managed to stop it on Route 61 in Coal Township.

Officers surrounded the vehicle and ordered the driver to turn off the engine and throw the keys from the window. After a brief standoff, a gunshot was heard from inside the car, according to the (Hazleton) Standard-Speaker.

The driver was identified as Greg Demage, 30, of Jim Thorpe. He had been sought in the investigation into the deaths of the Carnochans, state police said. Authorities have not commented on any possible connection between Demage and the victims.

Autopsies on the victims were scheduled for Monday.

Neighbor Pat Schoeller told The (Allentown) Morning Call in an e-mail that Mildred Carnochan was “kind and fun-loving” and raised money for charity.

“She will be missed by everyone who knew her,” Schoeller said.

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