Pa. police arrest man in 1985 murder


By Michael Rubinkam
The Associated Press

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. — Police arrested a man Thursday in the 1985 killing of a 13-year-old boy whose body was found months after he left home on a bicycle.

Police arrested Joseph Geiger on the 23rd anniversary of David Reed's disappearance after leaving home in Schuylkill Haven.

"We got him," said state police Sgt. Craig Stine.

Geiger, 43, was arrested by state police as he left his home in nearby Pottsville to go to work. He was scheduled to be arraigned later Thursday on charges of third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

The announcement gave no information on a possible motive. Police and prosecutors planned a news conference to discuss the arrest later in the day.

Until recently, Reed's death had been classified as "undetermined." State police exhumed the body in January after turning up new evidence. After studying the remains, officials ruled in early July that the case was a homicide. They also said at the time that they had identified a suspect.

David's brother, Joseph Reed of Fort Myers, Fla., had long suspected foul play and said last month that he welcomed the renewed interest in the case.

The boy's badly decomposed remains were found in a remote thicket on the edge of town in December 1985, about a half-mile from his bicycle. Two experts had initially theorized the boy might have succumbed to an undiagnosed case of diabetes.

Schuylkill Haven is about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

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