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New leads in missing Sandusky case DA / CNN Justice In Session

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Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar investigated allegations that former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky molested a child in 1998. Gricar chose not to bring charges at the time and now that young man, who is an adult, is listed as “Victim 6” in the current child molestation charges the Pennsylvania Attorney General is pursuing against Sandusky.

Gricar went missing in April 2005 and his whereabouts are still a mystery. He is reportedly presumed dead. The recent child molestation charges filed against Sandusky are raising questions about whether Gricar’s disappearance is somehow connected to the Sandusky case.

I sat down with Police Chief Shawn Weaver of the Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, police department, who has been leading his detectives in the continuing search for Gricar. Weaver says his department has gotten new leads since the Sandusky case broke.

On April 15, 2005, Gricar went to work at the district attorney’s office. He took a drive that afternoon and was never seen again. As the missing person’s investigation became an immediate priority, investigators looked at high profile cases Gricar had prosecuted to see if any could provide clues into why a career who was months away from retirement would disappear without a trace.

Weaver says detectives never looked into Gricar’s 1998 investigation of Sandusky because they weren’t aware the inquiry took place. Weaver says he doesn’t think Gricar’s disappearance has anything to do with the Sandusky case, but he also says if he is wrong, the current attorney general’s investigation could provide new leads.

One of the strangest things about the Gricar case is that his county-issued laptop computer was found at the bottom of the Susquehanna River. Weaver confirmed to me that the hard drive had been intentionally removed. It was found several months after Gricar’s disappearance along the river’s banks after the water had receded.

Weaver says in months before he went missing, Gricar had done searches on his home computer about “how to fry a hard drive” and searched other techniques of how water could permanently damage a hard drive. Gricar also bought a computer program to wipe clean a computer’s hard drive.

Were those searches and purchase because there was incriminating information on that computer’s hard drive? At this point, it seems no one will ever know.

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