A body found last Sunday afternoon near Drakes Creek in Penn Forest Township has been identified.

Carbon County coroner Bruce Nalesnik said the individual was Charles E. Lauth, 57, of Penn Forest Township.

He was identified through dental records, Nalesnik said.

The body had been found by a hiker. Nalesnik said he believes the body was exposed for a period of several weeks.

Lauth died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said the coroner.