Family confirms: Body of missing teen found in Susquehanna River

After being reported missing for over 90 days, the body of 16-year-old Maverick Wilton, of Williamsport, was found in the Susquehanna River in Northumberland County.

Maverick’s family confirmed that the unidentified body, which Pennsylvania State Police reported to have pulled from the river on Saturday afternoon, was Maverick.

While the state police have not yet confirmed the identity of the body, Maverick’s family said they have been in contact with the coroner’s office since Sunday and were officially told today that the body is Maverick.

The family has asked for privacy during this difficult time.

The revelation comes after months of searching throughout Lycoming County and the surrounding region. Flyers and social media campaigns have been circulated across the country and around the globe, with some flyers even seen posted as far as California and social media posts in Scotland and England.

Maverick was first reported missing on Dec. 3, 2020, after leaving his father’s house at 1260 W. Fourth St., in Williamsport the night before.

According to the family, Maverick’s final words to his father were “I’ll be right back.”

The cause of death is unknown.

Soon after being reported missing, the Williamsport Bureau of Police received “information that the teen may be suicidal.”

Maverick was also reported to be suffering with mental health conditions.

The state police have made no further comment on the investigation.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.


  • Anne Reiner has been a journalist for over eight years. She lives in Lycoming County and founded On the PULSE to create a new and engaging way to bring local news to the region of Northcentral, Pennsylvania.

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  1. Heartbreaking. I sens heartfelt prayers to all of Mavericks family members and friends 🙏 ❤ and prayers for God to bless and comfort them all during this very sad time. My deepest sympathies to all!!😘😘💞💙❤🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏