The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

October 4, 2013

Police return to scene of futile search

By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer

CLARK AREA — Police were out at the Shenango River Lake causeway Thursday searching for evidence in an open criminal investigation for the second day in a row, according to Mercer County District Attorney Robert G. Kochems.

Police from Hempfield Township and South Pymatuning Township were seen on the bank of the east side of the causeway along Route 18 searching for evidence in the storm drains.

Kochems confirmed that police were searching for evidence not found in the search conducted Wednesday.

“They did not find what they were looking for so they went to look again,” Kochems said.

The evidence police are looking for and in which open investigation has not been made public.

“As a general rule, I don’t comment on ongoing investigations,” Kochems said. “It may not be helpful for the investigation if the information is disseminated to the public.”

For about two hours Wednesday evening police cars from several departments lined the east berm of the causeway searching for the evidence.

“All I can tell you is that we got a tip from someone that we could find evidence along Route 18 where police are searching,” Kochems said Wednesday.

Kochems refused to confirm or deny that the searches are connected to the unsolved July 24 Frank Crash homicide, although police from Greenville-West Salem Township and Hempfield Township – both involved in the Crash investigation – were among the departments searching the roadway Wednesday.

“You are focused on Frank Crash but we certainly have a lot of other open investigations in my office,” Kochems said Thursday. “And the respective police departments have even more than I do.”