Pennsylvania Prosecutor Missing Since Friday
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - With helicopters and road patrols, police searched across central Pennsylvania on Saturday for a prosecutor who was reported missing after he failed to return home from a drive the day before.
Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar, 59, had taken Friday off from work and said during a cell phone call at about 11:30 a.m. that he was heading toward Lewisburg on Route 192 in Union County, police said.
He did not return home that night and has not called his home or office since then, authorities said Saturday. There has been no activity on his cell phone or credit cards.
"At this time, there (are) no signs of foul play that we know about," Bellefonte Police Chief Duane Dixon said, adding that he knew of no recent threats against Gricar. "Right now we can't find any certain case that stands out that we believe would cause any problem."
Authorities said they did not know if Gricar had any medical issues, although he had been working hard lately and had told others that he felt tired.
Police said Gricar _ last seen wearing a blue fleece-type jacket, jeans and sneakers _ was driving a red and white Mini Cooper with a vanity license plate.
Pennsylvania authorities issued a bulletin to six neighboring states and used a state police helicopter Saturday to search the area northeast of State College. They found no signs of the car or an accident.
Gricar, the county's district attorney for 20 years, recently decided not to seek a sixth term and said he planned to retire in December at age 60. He inherited a part-time office when first elected in 1985 but campaigned successfully to make the job full-time.
Among the more high-profile cases Gricar handled was the prosecution of a 21-year-old woman who opened fire with a hunting rifle on Penn State's campus in 1996, killing one person and wounding a second.
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