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Suspicious Death Ruled Homicide in Carbon County

LEHIGHTON -- Officials in Carbon County have ruled a suspicious death a homicide.

State police Brian Lindner's body was found inside this home on Coal Street in Lehighton on Tuesday.

Yessy Rivera, 29, of Weatherly, was arrested Tuesday. Police say he tells them he was in an argument with that victim but Rivera would not admit he slashed the neck of Brian Lindner in the basement of that home in Lehighton.

However, two witnesses who were inside the home on Coal Street in Lehighton tell police Rivera is the one who killed Lindner overnight Monday into Tuesday.

Police say Lindner was a known drug user and that Rivera and Lindner had a connection through drugs.

A woman who was with Rivera told police she saw him kill Lindner then she and Rivera fled to Virginia in Lindner's car but they ran out of money and had to return to her house in the Lehigh Valley.

That's where police found Rivera.

Rivera is charged with homicide and other charges in Carbon County.

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