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A tragic love story of Connoquenessing Creek

When two young bodies were found at a deserted summer camp in western Pennsylvania in February of 1939, a tragic tale of love was brought to light. The following article appeared in the Shamokin News-Dispatch on February 11, 1939.

Man Commits Suicide After Slaying Girl

Beaver Falls, Pa., Feb. 11 (U.P.)-- Beaver County Coroner H. C. McCarter today blamed murder and suicide for the deaths at a deserted summer camp of a young Pittsburgh couple that went together for five years in a romance beset by financial trouble and paternal objections.

The girl was brown-haired Marie Sedlak, whose body was found sitting upright in a locked automobile. One bullet wound in the right temple had brought death. The man was 31-year-old Joe Veverka who, according to McCarter, apparently shot her and then went into a nearby cabin and hanged himself to a rafter.

Coroner McCarter said the two had been dead since Wednesday night when Veverka's body was found dangling in the damp little camp cabin on Connoquen…