The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

July 28, 2013

Nothing to talk about, DA says of murder probe

Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP — Police have not arrested anyone nor do they have a suspect they will talk about in the murder of businessman Frank Crash, Robert G. Kochems, Mercer County district attorney, said Saturday.

“You are doing a disservice to someone if you name them as a person of interest or suspect,” Kochems said.

Crash, 78, of 362 Mercer Ave., Hempfield Township, was  found dead Thursday in his home.

An autopsy performed Friday showed more than 70 stab wounds on Crash’s body.

Kochems said authorities are talking to many people.

“Just because we talk to someone or search somewhere doesn’t mean they are a suspect or person of interest or a witness,” Kochems said.

On Thursday Hempfield Township police requested warrants from Mercer County District Judge Ronald E. Antos to search Crash’s home and garage, along with four vehicles, for evidence.

Police also requested Crash’s cell phone records and a warrant to search the apartment that Crash’s daughter, Susan Brenneman, shares with John Rice at 21 S. Mercer St., Greenville.

Kochems said the warrants are all part of the investigation and only a part.

A team of investigators will be meeting Monday or Tuesday to pull together all the facts they have gathered, according to the district attorney.