Manko

Scott Manko

A North Bethlehem Township farmer was killed overnight Wednesday or Thursday in an accident involving his all-terrain vehicle.

Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said Scott Manko, 50, of Route 519, was pronounced dead at 4:58 a.m. Thursday on Ross Farm.

While the cause and manner of death were pending toxicology tests, authorities said the death was being treated as an accident.

Manko and his wife, Amy, raised sheep and marketed the wool they produced across the country.

Amy Manko said her husband was her soul mate and the love of her life.

“My heart has a hole that will never be filled,” she stated in an Instagram post.

Her son, Drew Ross Manko, said on Facebook that his adoptive father was the best thing to have happened to his mom and himself.

“We will never fill the hole left in our hearts and lives,” he stated.

Manko left his residence about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and was found dead at 3:30 a.m. the following day pinned under the ATV, Warco’s office said.

Volunteers from the Cokeburg, Lone Pine, Marianna and Richeyville fire departments were involved in the search for Manko. The Washington County Department of Public Safety also assisted at the farm, Warco said.

Staff Writer

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley.

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