The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

January 29, 2014

Family circulating fliers for info on Crash slaying

By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP — The family of the late Frank Crash is reaching out to the public for help in solving his stabbing death.

“We simply need closure,” said Pamela Higbee, a daughter of Crash. “Maybe somebody knew his name but didn’t know what he looked like, or vice versa.”

Crash, a Greenville-area businessman, was found stabbed to death in his Hempfield Township home July 24. He was 76.

Higbee and her family created a flier with Crash’s photo requesting anyone with information on the crime to contact the Hempfield Township police.

“Even if they get one tip, that’s worth it,” Higbee said. “I feel somebody saw something or heard something. It just might be the tip that they need.”

The latest update by Mercer County District Attorney Robert G. Kochems on Jan. 14 indicated the investigation is moving forward after results came in from the state police crime lab on the first 12 of 90 major pieces of DNA collected in the case.

He is not expecting new DNA results in the near future, Kochems said, adding the current investigation could be resolved at any time without those results.

Kochems was not available Tuesday for comment.

Higbee said family members are frustrated. She said people keep asking them – especially her husband and son, who work at the Crash family auto recycling business – what they know.

“They keep saying, ‘You must know something,’” Higbee said. “We don’t know any more than the public does, and sometimes only a minute before they do.”

Higbee said she spoke with police before making the fliers. She said she is very pleased with how hard the authorities are working on the case.

“My impression is that they (the police) aren’t saying a lot because they’re hoping if and when it goes to trial they’ll have a solid case,” she said. “I’m trying to keep positive.”

Family and friends of Crash are planning to distribute the fliers between  Erie and Pittsburgh.

The “help wanted” message was posted on various social media websites over the weekend and Higbee on Monday handed out and mailed copies to those willing to help with distribution.

“Just one tip, even if it’s hearsay, just may be the tip that they need – then it’s well worth it.” Higbee said. “At least I can’t say that I didn’t do anything ... that I didn’t try.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Hempfield Township police at 724-588-7369.