Body pulled from Moshannon Creek

DECATUR TOWNSHIP — An autopsy is needed to identify a body found on the Clearfield County side of Moshannon Creek on Wednesday, state police said, but no foul play is suspected.

The body was recovered about 1:30 p.m. near the Sheetz store and the Harbor Inn Motel in the 800 block of North Front Street, Philipsburg.

Police cordoned off half of the Sheetz parking lot and the bridge that spans the creek, and bystanders watched from across the street as crews loaded a heavy black bodybag into an ambulance.

About 15 state troopers and firefighters dressed in heavy overcoats, hats and boots aided the recovery.

The body may have been there for several months, state police said in a release. At the scene, a state trooper said authorities didn’t know if the body was that of a man or a woman.

It was not known Wednesday who found the body or when police were notified.

Police said the identity of the body was awaiting autopsy results, and the Clearfield County coroner could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Witnesses at the scene speculated that the body may have been that of William Anstett, a reportedly homeless man who state police said was last seen in December.

Anstett was employed at the KFC restaurant, 2020 N. Atherton St., in Patton Township, and a worker there reported him missing after he stopped reporting to work.

Sara Ganim can be reached at or 231-4616.