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Woman found dead at Gifford Pinchot State Park; police investigating

One woman was found dead and another was taken to the hospital. State Police later identified the deceased as Lauren M. Gallagher, 37, of Broomall, Delaware County.
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Gifford Pinchot State Park

YORK COUNTY, Pa. — Police are investigating after a woman was found dead in Gifford Pinchot State Park.

Lauren M. Gallagher, 37, of Broomall, Delaware County, was found dead in a wooded area near campsite she had rented with an acquaintance, according to State Police. 

According to the York County Coroner, they were dispatched to the state park in the 800 block of East Camping Area Road in Warrington Township around 8:30 p.m. on June 8.

A park ranger reported finding a vehicle that had been abandoned near a campsite, police say. Gallagher and another woman had rented the site, and   were scheduled to check out and clear the site by Sunday, according to police. 

Neither tenant was present at the site when the ranger arrived, but their belongings were still there, police say.

Investigators conducted a search of the area along with Summit Search and Rescue, which responded to conduct canine tracking. The search was initially unsuccessful, police say.

However, shortly after clearing the scene, Gallagher and the woman who had rented the campsite with her were found in a wooded area within the campsite. The other woman was alive, and taken to an area hospital.

Her condition is unknown, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Police say the  investigation into Gallagher's death is ongoing, and the public is not believed to be in any danger.

An autopsy has been scheduled at Lehigh Valley Hospital for 10:00 a.m. on June 10 to determine the cause of death.

Police say that if anyone has any information into the incident, they can call State Police at York at 717-428-1011.

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