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Lehigh Valley man kills roommate, scatters body parts, police say – NBC10 Philadelphia

Editor’s Note: The details of this story are graphic and may be disturbing to some readers.

A Lehigh County man is accused of killing his roommate with a hammer, dismembering his body and then scattering his remains in three separate locations.

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Joshua Moser, 33, was arrested and charged with the murder of David Hittinger, 37, of Slatington, Pennsylvania.

The investigation began on Monday, May 13 around 1:30 p.m. when Pennsylvania State Police received a missing report of Hittinger, who had not been seen or heard from since May 11 around 7 p.m.

Investigators later determined that Moser had recently allowed Hittinger to live with him in his home along the 600 block of West Franklin Street in Slatington.

State troopers executed a search warrant at the home. During the search on Tuesday, May 14, they discovered a large amount of blood in the cellar, according to the criminal complaint. Investigators said the basement was “hastily arranged” to hide the blood.

During a second search Wednesday, May 15, investigators found a saw, a box cutter and bloody clothing inside the home, officials said.

Moser was arrested Wednesday in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, for an unrelated incident, officials said. During an interview with investigators, Moser allegedly admitted to strangling Hittinger and hitting him in the head with a hammer in the basement of his home, killing him. Moser then dismembered Hittinger’s body at home and dumped her body parts in three locations in Slatington Borough and Washington Township, according to the criminal complaint.

Investigators found dismembered body parts in trash bags at Fairview Cemetery in Slatington, an area off the D&L Trail in Slatington and in a small quarry behind Northern Lehigh High School in Washington Township, Lehigh County.

Investigators identified Hittinger as the victim through a fingerprint on a dismembered hand, according to the criminal complaint.

A photo of David Hittinger

Moser was arraigned on May 17 and charged with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse and tampering/fabrication of physical evidence. He is being held without bail at the Monroe County Jail and will be transported to Lehigh County later this month. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 29.

Authorities have not revealed a possible motive for the killing, but at a news conference Friday afternoon, Lehigh County Prosecutor Gavin Holihan said it “appeared to be some sort of disagreement.” before the murder. Holihan also said that at this point the investigation suggests Moser acted alone and there appears to be no threat to the public.

Online court documents do not yet list Moser’s attorney.

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