Husband suspect in Pa. death investigation

By Matt Porter

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM EDT

Monroe, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the death of 28-year-old Patricia Kunkle.

Kunkle was found dead Sunday at her home in Monroe Township after what police say was a domestic disturbance.

Troopers responded to a domestic dispute at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Patricia Kunkle had fought with her husband, 29-year-old Scott Kunkle, according to state police.

She was pronounced dead at her home on Kent Run Road.

Scott Kunkle was arrested and charged with simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, both misdemeanors.

Neighbor Diane Hinckley lived in the area for 30 years, and never had anything like this happen.

"It's a quiet area, we mind our own business," Hinckley said. "Something like this, it's shocking, that's all."

Her husband Tom described the family as friendly.

"We didn't have anything with them, Bill their father, I used to borrow stuff from them over there," Tom Kunkle said. "Pretty good neighbors."

Investigators have not charged Kunkle with homicide.

However, they say the investigation into the cause of death is ongoing.

Kunkle's body was taken to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton for an autopsy.

Broome County coroner Dr. James Terzian said Tuesday evening his investigation continues, as his office is waiting on toxicology reports and tissue samples before making a determination about how she died.

He declined to provide further details about injuries Kunkle sustained, citing the ongoing investigation.

Police said final results could take one to two months.

According to Patricia's obituary, a memorial service will be held this Saturday at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home in Athens.

She leaves behind two sons and a daughter.

The Kunkle home was in a wooded neighborhood off State Highway 220.

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