Body found weeks after being dumped
BY JOSEPH KOHUT
Times Shamrock Writer
Jack St. Onge tried to kick his nearly 60-year-old son out of his Plymouth Meeting house, so David St. Onge Sr. smashed a Maglite flashlight across the back of his head.
The accused killer stole his father’s jewelry and sold it to buy heroin and food, Montgomery County state police detectives said. He needed help disposing of his father’s body, so he enlisted David St. Onge Jr., his son and the victim’s grandson. The pair picked a remote spot in Susquehanna County. The body sat there for more than
two weeks before its discovery.
David St. Onge Sr., 59, 3010 Arch Road, and David St. Onge Jr., 20, same address, were arrested Wednesday for the killing of the 88-year-old man.
David St. Onge Sr. was charged with third-degree murder, theft, possessing an instrument of crime, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, and unsworn falsification to authorities. His son faces similar charges, but was not charged with murder.
David St. Onge Sr. admitted he killed his father on June 10. He said he hid his father’s body in a closet by the home’s front door while he cleaned a bloody floor with Lysol.
David St. Onge Sr. and David St. Onge Jr. went to Wal-Mart and bought items they thought they would need to get rid of the body — two tarps, sturdy duct tape and two flashlights. They combed a map for a secluded spot to dump the body. They picked Route 2036 near Route 92 in Gibson Twp. and took the victim’s Toyota to the site.
His remains were found by Robert Heed Logging employees on June 27. The tarp smelled foul and they cut it open just enough to see what was inside.
Jack St. Onge died in his golf shirt and khakis. A clear plastic bag was over his head, which was wrapped in a bath towel. His pacemaker identified him. The cause of death was listed as pending but the manner of death was ruled as a homicide.
David St. Onge Sr. is held in the Montgomery Count y jail without bail; while his son is also being held in lieu of $50,000. Both are scheduled for preliminary hearings Friday. July 11.