Human skull in Amity Township pond tied to 2004 attempted murder suspect

A human skull discovered in an Amity Township pond has been identified as belonging to Roger Hart, a Pottstown man who was the subject of a 2004 attempted murder investigation involving his wife. The Berks County District Attorney’s Office made the announcement on Wednesday, confirming the identification of the skull found in the pond nearly 20 years after the incident.

On Saturday, April 30, 2022, a juvenile male discovered a human skull in a pond located near his residence. The pond was located near Pine Lane in Amity Township. Two subsequent searches of this pond failed to locate any additional skeletal remains.    

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A joint investigation involving the Amity Township Police Department and the Berks County District Attorney Detectives was immediately initiated. Investigators began to suspect that the skull in question may be that of Roger Hart, formerly of Pottstown, PA. In April of 2004, Roger Hart was charged with attempting to kill his wife at their Pottstown home. Hart fled the crime scene and was not apprehended. Investigators determined that soon after this crime, Hart’s unoccupied vehicle was discovered not far from Pine Lane in Amity Township. Hart’s car keys and wallet were found on the front seat of this vehicle.

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Furthermore, a neighbor reported seeing a male matching Hart’s description exit this vehicle and enter an adjoining wooded area. Hart has not been seen since April of 2004.

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As part of this ongoing investigation, the skull was sent to Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA, for the purpose of conducting an anthropological examination. The results of this examination revealed that this skull was that of a male and that skull was believed to have been exposed to the elements for a period, greater than 10 years.

Advanced DNA analysis was conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police Forensic Laboratory and the FBI Laboratory Division, Quantico, Virginia.

Based on the investigation conducted, as well as the results of the DNA testing, investigators have concluded that the skull found on April 30, 2022, in Amity Township is that of Roger Hart. Based on the condition of this skull and the lack of additional skeletal remains, a cause of death cannot be determined for Roger Hart.

During this investigation, the Amity Police Department and the Berks County District Attorney Detectives were assisted by the FBI, PA State Police, Berks County Coroner’s Office, the Pottstown Borough Police Department, as well as numerous fire, rescue, and search organizations.

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