UPDATE: Authorities Continue to Investigate Death of Randall Stom; Foul Play Not Suspected
According to Chief William Peck of the Clarion Borough Police Department, the investigation currently remains ongoing.
“We’re evaluating all of the physical evidence, working with the pathologist in charge of the autopsy, and evaluating the results obtained during the autopsy as well as results of further testing,” Chief Peck told ExploreClarion.com.
“At this point, the evidence we’re evaluating doesn’t lead us toward a criminal investigation, but we’re continuing to investigate and will come to a final conclusion when we have all of the facts.”
According to police, Stom was found unresponsive on the 400 block of Grant Street between 4th Avenue and Jefferson Place in Clarion Borough.
He was transported by Clarion Hospital Ambulance to Clarion Hospital Emergency Room.
He was later pronounced deceased at Clarion Hospital.
The Clarion Borough Police were assisted at the scene by Clarion Hospital Ambulance, Clarion University Police, Clarion County Sheriff’s Department, the Clarion-based State Police, the Punxsutawney-based State Police, and the Clarion County District Attorney’s Office.
Stom, a funeral director at Goble Funeral Home and Crematory in Clarion, served as a Deputy Coroner for two years and Chief Deputy Coroner for Clarion County for three years before being elected to the coroner position in 2017.
He was a 1981 graduate of Clarion-Limestone school, and in 1985 he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Clarion University of PA, and then received his Master degree in Science Education from Clarion University of PA in 1987. He also had post-graduate doctoral studies in education and education administration from the University of South Carolina in 1991.
In 2012 he graduated with honors and was recognized by his peers with the Memorial Award for leadership from the Pennsylvania Institute of Mortuary Science in Pittsburgh.
An active member of the First United Methodist Church, where he served on the church council and sang with the Chancel Choir, Stom was also the president of the Clarion Kiwanis Club, served on the board of Pennies from Heaven, and was a member of the Clarion Community Choir and S.A.F.E.
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