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State police taking over Ray Gricar disappearance investigation
By: Marc Stempka
BELLEFONTE, Pa. It's a mystery that has puzzled investigators in the Centre region for years and has been the highlight of several documentaries and television specials: The disappearance of Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar. Now, after nine years, the Pennsylvania State Police is now taking over the investigation from local authorities.
State police announced the changes in the case Monday, stating troopers will be taking over as the lead agency to receive new tips and oversee a task force that was formed to investigate the disappearance.
Gricar was last seen in 2005 at an antiques business in Lewisburg, Union County. Gricar's family had him legally declared dead in 2011, seven years after his disappearance.
The task force was formed by current Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller and up until Monday, the Bellefonte Police Department was the lead department on the case.
State police said the Troop G Major Case Team, comprised of Troop G criminal investigators, will continue to work on the investigation with the assistance of the task force and Bellefonte police.
The team will be reviewing the investigation status and looking at ways to further the case, police said.
State police asked anyone with information relating to the case to call their tip line at 1-800-472-8477 (1-800-4patips).
Gricar's disappearance has resurfaced in the headlines over the past couple years, mostly surrounding the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case and a story that Gricar was killed by a member of a motorcycle club.
Case related documents showed Gricar declined to prosecute Jerry Sandusky when initial reports about alleged abuse first surfaced in the late 1990s.
Sandusky was convicted in 2011 on 45 counts related to child sexual abuse.
In September 2013, a report surfaced that Gricar may have been killed by a former Hells Angels member who was upset about being in prison after being convicted in a road rage incident.
Letters were sent to local media by a man who was jailed in a state prison who claimed to have met someone while behind bars who had information about what happened to Gricar.
According to the letters, the man said Gricar ran a "corrupt DA's office" and was in debt the Hells Angels for a large amount of money.
Court records show a man was sentenced to four to eight years in prison for a road rage incident where he beat another man with a baseball bat near Port Matilda, Centre County. The records pointed to the man's past with the Hells Angels and a lengthy criminal record.
The letters claimed another inmate had knowledge of this and was willing to talk and lead police to where Gricar's body was put in a mine shaft somewhere in the middle of Pennsylvania.
The story did draw interest from the FBI who apparently looked into the information, but found nothing.
6 News reporter Gary Sinderson said investigators familiar with the case maintain they don't know if Gricar is dead or alive, and have no evidence to show either way.