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A Somerset County man took his own life on Thursday while state troopers were searching for his sister at his home, investigators said.

The subject of that search remains missing.

The incident occurred after police were dispatched to a home on Mason Dixon Highway in Brothersvalley Township in an effort to locate Tammy Berkey, of Berlin, the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office wrote in a release to media.

According to Somerset County Acting District Attorney Molly Metzgar, police were following up after Berkey was reported missing earlier that week.

When they arrived, they spoke to her brother, James Foy Jr., and after a brief conversation, they began to look around the home.

Metzgar said Foy granted their request to search the residence. But then Foy went into another room in the residence, where he took his own life, state police said.

“The troopers called EMS and administered medical attention, however James Foy Jr. succumbed to the injuries,” Metzgar’s office wrote.

A search of the residence was completed over the weekend, but Berkey’s whereabouts remain unknown, she said.

“If anyone has information, please contact PSP Somerset at 814-445-4104,” Metzgar’s office wrote.

As of Monday, Metzgar said there was no reason to believe there is any immediate threat or danger to the public.

David Hurst is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter @TDDavidHurst and Instagram @TDDavidHurst.

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