Fatal beating in East Hanover called homicide


GRANTVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – The death of a 77-year-old man after an assault in his East Hanover Township home is considered a homicide, police said Monday.

Larry Buffenmeyer was beaten at 140 North Hill Drive late Saturday and died from multiple injuries at a hospital Sunday morning. Authorities said a relative of Buffenmeyer who lived on the property found him and called the police.

Buffenmeyer had severe head injuries and multiple broken bones, police said.  An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning. 

Chevrolet Equinox (Photo of similar vehicle submitted by police)

State police in Harrisburg said Buffenmeyer’s SUV was stolen after the assault. They’re still looking for the vehicle, a silver 2013 Chevrolet Equinox with a Pennsylvania license plate of GLR-5782.

“We know that the vehicle was there prior to this, so whoever did this potentially has the vehicle,” said Trooper Megan Frazer, a state police spokeswoman.

Police say it is too early to know if Buffenmeyer was randomly targeted.

“I think it is fair to say the public is in danger,” Frazer said. “We don’t have anyone in custody at this time. The person that killed the 77-year-old man is still out there, so we are looking, we are doing everything we possibly can to find him so this doesn’t happen to someone else.”

Anyone with information on the SUV should call the Harrisburg station at 717-671-7500.

A prayer service will be held for Buffenmeyer at 287 Shells Church Rd, Grantville, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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