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Missing DA reportedly seen in Michigan (Ray Gricar)
PennLive.com/AP ^ | 6/9/2005 | GENARO C. ARMAS

Posted on 06/09/2005 10:37:34 AM PDT by Born Conservative

BELLEFONTE - Police searching for a missing district attorney said yesterday that they have received their best lead in nearly two months after he was reportedly seen in Michigan.

A man and his daughter reported seeing Centre County prosecutor Ray F. Gricar with an older woman at a restaurant on May 27 in Southfield, Mich., a Detroit suburb, Bellefonte Police Officer Darrel Zaccagni said yesterday.

Gricar, 59, has been missing since April 15, after taking a drive from his home in Bellefonte.

His car was found the next day near an antiques store he frequented in Lewisburg, about 45 miles from Bellefonte.

Police have so far ruled out foul play or connections to cases Gricar handled.

Hundreds of tips on his whereabouts have come in since his disappearance.

Authorities reported two possible sightings of the prosecutor in the Wilkes-Barre area on April 18.

Zaccagni said the Michigan sighting is an important one.

"I give this probably one of our most credible sightings yet," he said.

Still, he added, "None of us are getting our hopes up that high because we're talking seven weeks now."

Police in Michigan followed up with the two witnesses, who told authorities they thought it was Gricar because they saw his picture on TV after arriving home from their meal.

The male witness was e-mailed eight photos from Bellefonte police in the last week, which included a picture of Gricar as well as several other similar-looking men. The witness picked out Gricar's picture, Zaccagni said.

Michigan police have since returned to the restaurant and showed Gricar's picture to employees, some of whom told authorities that the man in the picture looked familiar.

Zaccagni said those factors gave the reported sighting added credibility.

Police consider the last credible sightings of Gricar to be in the Lewisburg area in the days after he was reported missing.

Zaccagni would not disclose the names of the witnesses or the restaurant but said the eatery was near a hotel and about 10 minutes from the U.S.-Canada border.

Police are working on a composite drawing of the woman reportedly seen with Gricar at the restaurant. She was described as being in her 70s.

Police have asked the restaurant for the bill from that table.

Police have said Gricar didn't appear to be suffering from any medical or mental ailments.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: fornicola; gricar; raygricar; runawayprosecutor

1 posted on 06/09/2005 10:37:36 AM PDT by Born Conservative
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To: Born Conservative

This is the guy that the daughter was pleading to him to call her, and they thought he may have jumped into the Susquehanna since that's how his brother offed himself, correct?


2 posted on 06/09/2005 10:41:43 AM PDT by b4its2late (Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: Born Conservative

"reported seeing Centre County prosecutor Ray F. Gricar with an older woman at a restaurant on May 27 in Southfield, Mich., a Detroit suburb..."

seated next to Jimmy Hoffa...




Why do I get the feeling this is a dry hole?


3 posted on 06/09/2005 10:41:45 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: b4its2late

Correct. You also left out that he is the boyfriend of Patty FORNICOLA.


4 posted on 06/09/2005 10:47:14 AM PDT by Born Conservative ("If not us, who? And if not now, when? - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Born Conservative

The Case of the Runaway Prosecutor


5 posted on 06/09/2005 11:35:33 AM PDT by Republicus2001
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