Every Monday, I'm presenting a new mystery. Some have been solved...some remain unsolved to this day.
Last week's mystery focused on a businessman who disappeared and was eventually found. This week, we look at a very similar story...with one key difference: Ray Gricar's body is still missing.
From 1985 to 2005, Ray served as the district attorney of Centre County, Pennsylvania. He was involved in numerous cases during his time, but in retrospect, the most notable was his decision NOT to prosecute this man during the first round of child sexual abuse allegations in 1998:
But several years before word of Jerry Sandusky's elicit activities came out, Ray vanished. He was last seen on April 15, 2005. That morning, he woke up early and told his live-in girlfriend, Patty Fornicola, that he would be playing hooky from work that day.
|Ray's girlfriend, Patty Fornicola|
He was still at home when Patty left for work that morning. He called her around 11:30 a.m. to tell her he'd taken his Mini Cooper for a ride. Long drives were a favorite pastime of his.
When Patty returned from work that evening, Ray still wasn't home. Calls to his cell phone went straight to voicemail. After a few hours, she called 911.
The next day, officers found his car in the parking lot of this antique store approximately 55 miles from his home:
The car was locked, his cell phone inside, and there was a strong tobacco odor in the car. Ray was not a smoker and he would never have let anyone smoke in his car, loved ones said. There were cigarette butts on the ground nearby.
Family members made the connection between Ray's death and the death of his brother, Roy, who had committed suicide eleven years earlier by jumping off a bridge into the Great Miami River. Ray's car was found near the Susquehanna River. Did Ray commit suicide?
Just as everyone was settling on that theory, though, more evidence was found. Three months after Ray disappeared, police found his work laptop in the nearby river, but its hard drive was missing. Two months later, the hard drive washed up on the banks 100 yards away. The data on the hard drive was unrecoverable, even by the best minds in the FBI and Secret Service.
Just before his disappearance, though, someone had used Ray's home computer to search the terms "how to fry a hard drive" and "water damage to a notebook computer."
|Ray Gricar's office|
When Jerry Sandusky was later arrested, the media immediately made the connection to Ray Gricar. The Grand Jury investigation into allegations against Sandusky began in 2008--three years after Ray's disappearance. In 1998, Ray had cited "insufficient evidence" when choosing not to investigate allegations against him. Is it possible someone had a reason to get rid of Ray and his laptop? Could there have been evidence on it?
What do you think happened to Ray Gricar?
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