Police continue Kulling probe as they await autopsy results

Oil City Police Chief Bob Wenner said Monday his department is continuing its investigation into the death of Oil City resident Daniel Kulling.

Kulling’s body was found by kayakers May 28 in the Allegheny River, near the shore, about a half-mile south of the Oil City Marina in Cranberry Township.

Daniel Kulling

Kulling, who resided in Siverly, had been missing since Dec. 23. He was 35 at the time of his disappearance.

Those close to Kulling have expressed a belief that he was the victim of foul play.

Wenner and Venango County Coroner Christina Rugh have said they are waiting on autopsy results before any more information about Kulling’s death and the investigation can be released.

“We’re continuing the investigation and reviewing some stuff while waiting on the autopsy results,” Wenner said. “I’m not releasing anything at this time until we get a full picture. There has been a lot of speculation and I don’t want to add to that.”

Rugh also said Monday she had nothing new to report.

“I don’t know anything of what the pathologist has until he issues the final report,” Rugh said.

In early June, Rugh said that an autopsy report can take three to four months, along with the additional challenge of Kulling having been in the water for several months before he was found.

Kulling left his Martin Street home at around 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, leaving behind all his personal belongings. Police believe Kulling went to the home of a former girlfriend where a confrontation occurred between Kulling and another person.

Although police said he was able to get away from that area, Kulling’s family said he never made it home that night.

Kulling’s family and friends held a second march Saturday in Oil City as they continued their “call for justice” in Kulling’s case.