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Police seek answers after missing H.B. residents are found dead in RV at Pennsylvania rest stop

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The bodies of Bruce Robert Frenchak Sr., 57, and Sheliene Zhanette Frenchak, 54, were found by Pennsylvania state police in Newburg, police and coroner’s officials said.
(Daily Pilot)

Authorities are looking for answers after two Huntington Beach residents were found dead in a recreational vehicle at a rest stop in Pennsylvania.

The bodies of Bruce Robert Frenchak Sr., 57, and Sheliene Zhanette Frenchak, 54, were found by Pennsylvania state police Oct. 22, authorities said Friday.

The bodies were discovered after a state trooper noticed the RV had been parked at the Blue Mountain Travel Plaza in Cumberland County since the previous day’s patrol, a police report said. The rest stop is in Newburg, about 45 miles west of Harrisburg.

The trooper tried unsuccessfully to contact the vehicle’s registered owners, according to the report. The trooper then stood on the patrol vehicle’s front bumper to peer into the RV and saw a man lying face down, the report said.

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State troopers and the Newburg-Hopewell Fire Company forced their way into the vehicle and found the second body, the report said.

Police said a records search showed the pair had been reported missing out of California’s Tuolumne County, in the Sierra Nevada region.

The Cumberland County coroner’s office performed autopsies Oct. 28, but the cause and manner of death for both are still unknown pending further testing, the coroner’s office said Wednesday.

The police investigation of the case is ongoing, state police said.

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Relatives of the Frenchaks could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

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