The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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September 26, 2013

Investigation of Frank Crash murder still awaiting lab results

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP — The investigation into the stabbing death of 76-year-old Greenville businessman Frank Crash continues while police wait for lab results.

The Mercer County coroner ruled after an autopsy that Crash’s July 24 death was a homicide caused by “more than 70” stab wounds.

Mercer County District Attorney Robert G. Kochems reported on Sept. 10 that police are still conducting interviews and investigators are waiting for lab results.

As of Wednesday, there is nothing new to report, Kochems said.

Police sent multiple blood samples and potential pieces of evidence to the Pennsylvania State Police crime lab in Erie for DNA testing, chemical analysis and fingerprints days after the murder.

Kochems said the evidence has been given priority testing status, which usually takes more than three months to yield results.

Mercer County Crime Stoppers have funded a reward for information leading to a conviction in the case, as well as a reward for a Crash’s missing large gold ring with a 3.5-carat diamond solitaire.

Police said Crash left a Hermitage restaurant at 10:30 p.m. July 24 alone and was discovered dead at 9:30 a.m. the next day in his home at 362 Mercer Road, Hempfield Township.

Police said it appeared that someone broke in through the back door of the home.

Police also found blood throughout Crash’s home and in the home of his daughter, Susan Brenneman, Greenville, according to court records.

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