By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer
HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP —
Local businessman Frank Crash was found dead Thursday in his Hempfield Township home, the victim of an apparent murder.
Mercer County 911 dispatched Hempfield police at 9:28 a.m. to the residence of Crash, 78, of 362 Mercer Ave., Mercer County District Attorney Robert G. Kochems said.
Kochems arrived at about 5:15 p.m. to walk through the crime scene with investigators.
“The unusual circumstances led us to believe it was a homicide,” Kochems said. “A murder investigation was opened with the Hempfield Township police and the Pennsylvania State Police forensic team.”
The Gallery Grill Restaurant and golf course, across the street from Cash’s home, was the staging area where law enforcement officers from Hempfield Township, Greenville/West Salem Township, the state, and the district attorney’s office gathered.
Crash’s relatives and friends were watching the tragedy unfold from a few houses away.
A family friend, who did not want to be identified, said the family has asked people to respect their privacy.
“The family does not want a big to-do, they want privacy,” she said. “Any rumors have not been confirmed.”
Coroner J. Bradley McGonigle III would not comment Thursday afternoon on the cause or manner of death until an autopsy has been performed.
McGonigle ordered an autopsy that is scheduled for 11 a.m. today in Erie by forensic pathologist Dr. Eric Vey.
Kochems said that speculation of a second body found on South Mercer Avenue were “absolutely untrue.”