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Police Investigating Death of Williams Township Man

Police are investigating the death of a Williams Township man who lived on Morgan Hill Road.

State police and the Northampton County District Attorney are investigating the death of a Williams Township man.

Michael Muretta, 47, of 418 Morgan Hill Road, was pronounced dead Wednesday at St. Luke's University Hospital, Fountain Hill, after being found suffering from undisclosed injuries in his home.

The death is being investigated as suspicious, according to a press release from the Lehigh County coroner's office.

According to police, the investigation began Wednesday morning when troopers were called to check on a resident at the home, near the Interstate 78 exit just outside of Easton.

Lt. Vincent D'Angelo said troopers found a man inside the home who was in need of medical assistance. He was taken to St. Luke's Hospital and pronounced dead there at 1:15 p.m, the lieutenant said.

The Express-Times reports that an autospy is scheduled for Friday.

The death was unsettling for neighbor Ian McMasters.

"You never know if it was personal or random," he said, standing in a back yard that overlooks the Muretta property.

McMasters has lived in his place for two years and said he interacted with Muretta on occasion. Muretta invited him over for a beer, "but I don't drink," McMasters said.

"He was a nice guy, a quiet guy," he said.

Muretta and his wife, Teresa, had divorced recently, and McMasters said he hadn't seen Muretta as much.

The Morning Call says they had been separated since last year.

Muretta had a yellow lab, Marley, that he'd often walk around the neighborhood.

"It's weird," McMasters said. "Normally I'd see him every day, taking the dog out. But I haven't seen him in a week."

Muretta has owned the home since 1998, according to Northampton County property records.

In 2009, he was featured in a Morning Call story after he and Teresa learned their home would be part of a new "solid waste district" caused by the expansion of the Chrin Brothers landfill.

Williams Township Supervisor George Washburn told the Express-Times Muretta was active in the community, serving on the Committee to Save Williams Township, which opposed the landfill exapnsion.

This is the second death investigation in Williams Township this year. In March, an . Police say Elizabeth "Lily" Collazo shot Werkheiser to death as he slept. The two were involved in a custody battle. 

terry August 30, 2012 at 02:33 PM
why is nobody talking about this? we all know who he was going up against, and of the two, who has the power to retaliate in this manner. until we stand up and fight back, he'll just be the first of many.
Nazaretti August 30, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Geez, is his ex that bad?
Tom Coombe August 30, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Seeing as how there's been no ruling from the coroner, I think it's a bit soon to speculate -- let alone joke -- about Mr. Muretta's death.
Meche Eldridge-Simmons August 31, 2012 at 12:34 PM
EXACTLY!!! The first thing I thought, look into Chrin. I'm pretty sure they have some henchmen handy. NOT to sound biased at all, but a lot of the garbage/waste management business is very close to mob/mafia related activity. And anyone who is familiar with that business, knows the shady goings on, behind the scenes.
Rebuild The NJ Shore November 29, 2012 at 01:29 PM
To imply his ex had anything to do with this, makes you an idiot.....get a life you judgemental asshole, you dont even know this family.....

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