Police in South Jersey are investigating the death of a man whose body was found at a Boy Scouts of America campsite.
Joseph Bottino, 54, of Gloucester Township, was found dead around 6:30 p.m Wednesday at the Pine Hill Scout Reservation, according to a press release from the Camden County Prosecutor’s office.
Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Pine Hill Police Chief Christopher Winters announced the investigation into Bottino’s death, which has been deemed a homicide, in a press release Thursday.
“A medical examiner performed an autopsy on Dec. 24 and determined Bottino’s death was a homicide caused by multiple stab and incised wounds as well as blunt force injuries,” citing the press release from the prosecutor’s office.
His family members told investigators Bottino had left home to go hunting in the reservation, which he has done “many times” before, according to the press release from the prosecutor’s office.
The Pine Hill Scout Reservation is the closest scout campground to Philadelphia, according to the Boy Scouts’ Garden State Council, and “allows scouts to take part in shooting sports, canoeing, fishing and hiking among other activities,” NBC10 reported.
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