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Suicide Victim Found by Family

Police searched Alburtis and southwest corner of Lower Macungie Township on foot and by helicopter Wednesday trying to find missing man.

A missing Lower Macungie Township man was found dead Thursday afternoon in woods in the township, according to police.

The Lehigh County Coroner's Office ruled the death a suicide, but neither the coroner's Office nor police reported the circumstances.

David John Fried, 41, of 2171 Pembrooke Drive was found dead about 3 p.m. in woods behind 3650 Schoeneck Road in the township, according to state police at Fogelsville. He was pronounced dead at 3:43 p.m., according to Chief Deputy Coroner Paul Hoffman.

Fried was reported missing Wednesday from the area of Lockridge Park in Alburtis. A search of the area by several police departments and rescue agencies failed to find Fried.

He was found by family members who also were searching for him, state police Cpl. Louis Gober said.

No additional information was immediately available about the circumstances.

Neighbors who live in the area that was being searched -- on foot and by helicopter -- said they were told by police that the search was for someone "armed and dangerous."

Gober confirmed that police were using a helicopter to search for Fried, and that they were concerned that he might be armed.

Police departments participating in Wednesday's search were the state police, Alburtis, Macungie and Berks-Lehigh Regional police.

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