Coroner: Sharon homicide victim died of blunt force trauma, stabbing

SHARON, Pa. (WYTV) – The Mercer County Coroner’s Office said a 68-year-old Sharon man died from blunt force trauma and a stab wound.

Police identified the man as Larry Henderson. He was discovered dead Tuesday morning after officers were sent to a home in the 800 block of Spruce Avenue on a welfare check.

His autopsy took place Wednesday morning in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Investigators are calling Henderson’s death a homicide, though they are still in the very early stages of the investigation.

Sharon Police Chief Gerald Smith said he can’t go into detail about what the welfare check entailed but when officers arrived, they found Henderson dead inside the home.

“I don’t feel safe in this neighborhood anymore, so it’s just not the place you want to be when stuff like this goes down,” Mckel Hyman said.

Estella Watkins said the house investigators taped off belongs to her nephew. She said he’s well-loved and the kind of guy who would always help other people out.

“We’re gonna find out who did this. One way or another, we’re gonna find out who did this and let the law take care of it. This is one crime that is not gonna get let go,” Watkins said.

Police were called around 10 a.m. By Tuesday afternoon, investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for the address and begin processing the scene. Troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police Forensic Sciences Team were also there to help out.

Henderson’s body was discovered just four blocks from where a drive-by shooting happened around 7 p.m. Monday. Police said the two incidents aren’t connected, however.

Sharon police are asking the public to give them a call at 724-983-3210 if they recently saw anything out of the ordinary going on in that area.

This story has been corrected to show that the incident was not a shooting.