A Pennsylvania man reportedly gave an interview to news crews feigning shock about a body discovered near a creek — then hours later, the victim was revealed as his mother and he was arrested, according to officials.
Matthew Haverly was charged Friday with criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse in connection with the death of his 60-year-old mom, Patricia Haverly, news station WNEP reported.
Authorities said the mom’s body was found Thursday afternoon in Wyalusing Creek near Campton.
Near the crime scene, Matthew Haverly spoke to a reporter and claimed that he wasn’t aware of the discovery, according to WNEP.
“I’m like, ‘What the hell is going on?’” Haverly said before the body was identified. “I had no clue. It’s sad to say that that’s someone’s either daughter, mother or whatever.”
The 38-year-old man, who lives across the street, said his mother would be “concerned” about the crime.
He suggested possible motives for the murder, adding that the area was ideal for dumping a body “because most likely it wouldn’t be found.”
“I think it was some kind of a hit, and something happened,” Haverly said. “Something went bad, and this is like a rural area, so they just wanted to plant the body somewhere else besides wherever the hell they were from.”
An autopsy conducted Friday determined that his mother suffered blunt force trauma and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the Star Gazette.
The son was arrested later in the day and booked at Bradford Correctional Facility.
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