Man found dead in woods near Doylestown was stabbed

Posted at 9:10 PM, Jan 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-17 21:12:10-05

A man found dead in a wooded area behind a Catholic school was stabbed multiple times, according to Wayne County Coroner Dr. Amy Joliff.

44-year-old Jeremy Lesh, of Perry Township, died from a stab wound to the heart, the coroner reported.

Lesh had been reported missing by his family. His case is being treated as a homicide.

Dr. Joliff said blood wasn't found near the body, so it was clear Lesh was killed somewhere else and then his body was dumped in the woods in Chippewa Township just outside of Doylestown.

"We know he was killed by a brutal attack," said Captain Doug Hunter from the Wayne County Sheriff's Department.

Lesh was last seen by his family on Christmas and was reported missing to Perry Township police on Jan. 14. Lesh lived with his mother in the township.

The victim's sister told News 5 that Lesh had diabetes, he was on disability and was "easily led by people."

Lesh's body was found by  Doylestown resident, Victoria Hammer, who was walking her dog around 4:30 p.m.  behind Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church and School.

“Someone had tried to disguise it hurriedly, put a dead tree over it and leaves," Hammer said. "He looked as if someone had beaten him."

Wayne County detectives, BCI agents and Perry Township police are working together to solve the murder. However, there were not any suspects identified as of Tuesday evening.

Investigators returned to the woods on Monday to search for a possible murder weapon.