Clarion coroner Stom dies

Clarion Borough Police Chief William H. Peck IV confirmed this evening that Clarion County Coroner Randall Stom died early today after he was found unresponsive in an alley near S&T Bank in Clarion.

Stom was transported to Clarion Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by a physician.

Clarion police responded to a report of a man lying in the alley at 5:11 a.m. today.

Peck said a cause of death hasn’t been determined, and an autopsy is scheduled Wednesday morning.

"There is no evidence of a crime," Peck told the Clarion News this evening. "Is it possible he had a medical situation? It's possible. It was very cold last night. We just don't know yet -- but there is no evidence of a crime."

Stom lived along Wood Street, not far from where he was found. He was employed at Goble Funeral Home, also along Wood Street.

The Clarion County commissioners were alerted to Stom's death around mid-morning today.

Stom, 56, who was elected coroner in 2017, never named a deputy coroner. Under the state's sixth-class county code, in the event of the death of the county coroner, the county sheriff assumes the duties of the coroner.

Clarion County Sheriff Rex Munsee confirmed this afternoon he had assumed the coroner’s duties but referred any questions about Stom's death to Peck.

Clarion state police, Clarion University Public Safety, the Clarion County Sheriff's office and other officials were seen throughout the day in and around the 400 block of Jefferson Place gathering evidence.