Police now believe fatal pedestrian hit and run in Mercersburg was a homicide

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Charles Gilhart, 60, of Hancock, Md., was found dead on Route 16 west of Mercersburg Thursday morning, the victim of a homicide. Police are asking anyone who may have seen a suspicious vehicle or person, or Gilhart’s car in the area, to contact them at 717-418-7958 or 717-264-5161.

Pennsylvania State Police now believe what was originally reported as a fatal pedestrian hit and run Thursday morning west of Mercersburg was instead a homicide.

Troop H Public Information Officer Trooper Robert Hicks said Friday morning that the probe into the death of Edward Charles Gilhart, 60, of Hancock, Md. has turned into a homicide investigation.

“We determined there were some suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident and it is now being investigated as a homicide,” Hicks said.

Hicks confirmed that Gilhart’s death was originally thought to be a fatal hit and run crash, but that changed after “a more thorough investigation into the matter.”

According to police reports, Gilhart was found lying on Route 16 in the area of 15400 Buchanan Trail West in Peters Township at 4 a.m. Thursday, June 2. Police said Gilhart was found decease and information leads to this case being a homicide by unknown circumstances.

Gilhart’s vehicle, a gold 2002 Kia Sportage with Maryland registration plates, was recovered in Fulton County.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen a suspicious vehicle or person, or Gilhart’s car in the area, to contact them at 717-418-7958 or 717-264-5161.