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Police identify man found dead in car in Lancaster County

Lyle Scott Doyle, 49, of Lititz, attended a party in Manheim prior to his death, police say.
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LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — Update, 9:30 a.m. (April 26): Northern Lancaster County Regional Police have identified the deceased man as Lyle Scott Doyle, 49, of Lititz.

Police say they initially struggled to verify Doyle's identity and address because he used several variations of his name. Doyle's next of kin was located in Arizona and notified of his death.

According to police, the woman in the car with Doyle claimed he ingested illicit drugs at one or more house parties in the borough of Manheim. The couple was then picked up by a friend at about 11 p.m., and driven to the friend's home on Penn Township. 

The owner of the vehicle then went into his residence and fell asleep, leaving the woman and Doyle asleep in the car, where they remained until the woman awoke and found Doyle unresponsive and ran to get help, police say.

Arriving officers found Doyle in a position consistent with him falling asleep within the vehicle, and the latter narratives provided to officers by the involved parties, police say. 

Police are awaiting the toxicology report from the Lancaster County Coroner's Office, but say the circumstances surrounding Doyle's death are not considered to be suspicious or criminal in nature and are likely the result of pre-existing medical conditions and other impacting factors.

Anyone with further information on the persons responsible for the furnishing of illicit drugs to Doyle or who may have further information in connection with this investigation is asked to contact NLCRPD at 717-733-0965.


Northern Lancaster Regional Police are investigating the death of a man found in a car in Penn Township last night. It happened around 2:15 a.m. in the 100 block of Penn Valley Road. Officers were sent to respond to a man in cardiac arrest. 

The man, described only as a middle-aged man at this time  was was dead when officers arrived. A woman was with the man in the car and both were reportedly asleep in the vehicle. The pair had attended a house party in the Manheim area earlier Saturday. They met someone who took them to Penn Valley Road, where police responded to the scene. The woman told police she woke to find the man in a bad state, described as cardiac and respiratory arrest. She ran to a nearby home to call for help. 

Police say the man had several underlying medical conditions that may have contributed to his demise. The manner and cause of the death remains under investigation by the Office of the Lancaster County Coroner. The man not being identified at this time, pending notification of next of kin. Police say  because he and the woman he was with are from outside the area there is a delay in the identification and notification process. 

fire and EMS crews assisted police with tarps and other services due to the weather last night. The body of the deceased remained in the custody of the Lancaster County Coroner pending further determinations.