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School teacher identified as Lancaster homicide victim

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Nicole Mathewson Facebook photo

UPDATE: Teen arrested in death of Brownstown Elementary School teacher


LANCASTER, PA (WPMT)-  Lancaster City Police say an elementary school teacher is the victim in an apparent homicide.  City police responded at about 9:10 am to a home in the 700 block of N. Franklin Street for an unresponsive female.  They found a 32 year old Nicole Mathewson inside with what appeared to be visible traumatic injuries.

Mathewson was a 6th grade teacher at Brownstown Elementary School in the Conestoga Valley School District.  Superintendent Dr. Gerald Huesken released the following statement:

“Today we received word that one of our teachers, Nicole Mathewson, passed away tragically before coming to school Monday. Lancaster City Police are investigating the nature and cause of her death. On behalf of our entire school community, I extend our deepest sympathy to Nicole’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Miss Mathewson was a sixth-grade teacher at Brownstown Elementary. During her seven years with us, she was an excellent teacher, an exemplary employee and a respected colleague, especially in the area of mathematics. Her loss is a terrible tragedy for our school district and our community. She will be greatly missed.

Guidance counselors will be available to provide support to students and staff at Brownstown, as well as our other school buildings, in the ensuing days.

Conestoga Valley is cooperating with police as they complete their investigation. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, CVSD will not be releasing any further information at this time.”

Investigators say that Mathewson’s vehicle is missing. The vehicle, a 2005 Mazda 3 sedan, is black in color with PA registration FVN-8421.  Detectives released a photo of a car similar to the victims’.


Anyone with information on the case is asked contact Lancaster City Police at (717) 735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913 or by texting LANCS plus your message to 847411.