- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) - A coroner has identified two men found dead in a central Pennsylvania cistern as a plumber and his retired friend, who would help him clean out the water tank on occasion.

Sixty-one-year-old G. Sherwin Farmery, of Rochester Mills, and 67-year-old Dr. John Smelko, of Punxsutawney were found dead about 7 p.m. Tuesday.

State police and the Jefferson County coroner’s office continued investigating Thursday, but believe the deaths were accidental though they’re not yet sure precisely how they occurred.

Friends say Farmery was a well-known plumber while Smelko was a dentist who retired recently.

The men were close friends and used a mobile water tank to clean out the cistern each year.



Autopsy results were not immediately available.

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