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Milton woman found dead

Police looking for woman’s son as ‘person of interest’

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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:00 am

MILTON — Police are seeking a Milton man wanted for questioning in conjunction with the death of his mother.

The Milton Police Department confirmed late Monday morning, via a press release, that they are investigating “a suspicious death that occurred at 8 Park Lane” in Milton.

The release identified the victim as 80-year-old Vennie Boyles.

Milton Police Chief Craig Lutcher said officers are looking to speak to Boyles’ son, Mark Boyles, 55, as he is “a person of interest regarding this incident.”

Lutcher said officers do not know where Mark is. He is described as being 5-feet, 11-inches tall.

James Boyles, the son of the victim and brother of Mark Boyles, said it’s important for anyone to contact the police if they’ve seen his brother or know where he is.

“They’re not calling it a murder yet,” James said. “It will be proven to be a murder, in my opinion.”

He would not elaborate any further and requested the Boyles family be left alone.

The Milton Police Department had an officer stationed at the house on Park Lane all night and the property was cordoned off by a police tape line.

A Pennsylvania State Police forensic unit was back at the home late Monday morning investigating the scene after spending most of the afternoon and evening Sunday at the property.

Police could be seen inside the home’s garage late Monday morning, working in the area of a car which was parked in the garage, as well as a Jaguar backed up to the garage door.

Milton Fire Department fire police were called to shut down Park Lane at around 4 p.m. Sunday. A rescue truck from the fire department was later called to provide lighting for investigators.

Neighbors reported that an ambulance had been called to the home earlier in the afternoon, immediately prior to the beginning of the police activity.

All of Park Lane remained shut down late into the night Sunday.

Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini confirmed Monday that he was among those called to the home on Sunday evening.

“In any homicide, we respond when requested to assist in… advising the police on legal issues,” Rosini said. “We are not investigators or detectives. There are good cops there who do an excellent job… I was at the scene to help the investigation and answer any legal questions they needed.”

The Northumberland County Coroner’s Office was also on scene.

Lutcher said the investigation is ongoing and additional information would be released as police are able to provide information.

Anyone with information on the case, or the whereabouts of Mark Boyles, should contact the Milton Police Department at 742-8757.

Staff writer Kevin Mertz can be reached at 570-742-9671 or email

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