Missing PA HBPA Official Found Dead

Matthew Carter was the subject of an investigation into a possible misuse of funds.

Matthew Carter, the treasurer for the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association under investigation for possible misuse of funds, was found dead March 20 in the Susquehanna River near City Island, Pa.

Sgt. Jonathan Kinsey in the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course said his office was conducting an investigation into a report from the PA HBPA regarding misuse of an association credit card and that Carter was the subject of the theft probe, which began Feb. 19 after PA HBPA contacted state police, according to PALive.com.

PALive.com reported Kinsey said no charges had been filed against Carter and the investigation was not complete. "We are still trying to come up with an amount," Kinsey said.

Carter's disappearance had been reported to Lower Paxton Township police in February, Kinsey said.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Carter family," the PA HBPA said on its website. "Out of respect for the family, we will have no further comment."

LaTorre Communications previously released a statement from the PA HBPA that stated: "Upon first learning of accounting irregularities, PA HBPA immediately contacted the Pennsylvania State Police. We will continue to fully cooperate with the state police."