No cause of death shared after Johnstown 7-year-old’s autopsy

TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN The autopsy of a 7-year-old Johnstown boy, who was found unresponsive and later died, has been completed, according to state police. 

“The results are pending and the investigation is ongoing,” said Stephanie O’Neil, acting public information officer for Troop G. 

Fulton County Coroner Margaret Luck did not return a request for comment. 

State police have been investigating the death of Hunter Degroat since was found unresponsive in his Johnstown home on the afternoon of Aug. 9. He was later pronounced dead at Nathan Littauer Hospital. 

O’Neil said that a family member called 911. However, additional information from the police has been scarce, including the street where it happened, with police indicating that they weren’t releasing the location because they did not want to impede the investigation, due to the area not being well-populated. 

Police also still have not indicated whether or not they are looking at this as a suspicious death. 

Fulton County Acting District Attorney Amanda Nellis did confirm her office is involved in the case, but said that “there’s a lot of investigation left,” and that her office has not come to any decisions regarding the investigation. 

Degroat lived within the Greater Johnstown School District, but was part of a HFM BOCES program through February, according to district officials. 

Both the district and BOCES have since declined to comment further, noting the active investigation.

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By Shenandoah Briere

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