Meadville Tribune

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July 29, 2013

Police probe murder of Greenville man

GREENVILLE — Authorities have not arrested anyone nor do they have a suspect they will talk about in connection to last week’s murder of Greenville-area businessman Frank Crash.

“You are doing a disservice to someone if you name them as a person of interest or suspect,” Robert G. Kochems, Mercer County’s district attorney, said.

Crash, 76, was found stabbed to death Thursday at his Greenville-area home at 362 Mercer Ave. in Hempfield Township, Mercer County.

Crash was found by one of his daughters, Pamela Higbee, who had gone to his home after Crash failed to show up for work at Frank Crash Auto Wrecking — a business Crash has owned since 1959.

Crash’s death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy Friday found more than 70 stab wounds.

Court documents state someone apparently broke through the back door of Crash’s home. Crash was found on the floor in a pool of blood with a cellular telephone that had been snapped in two laying beside him. The wireline telephone inside the home also had been ripped from the wall, according to court documents.

Kochems cautioned the public not to jump to conclusions, noting authorities are talking to many people in connection with the case.

“Just because we talk to someone or search somewhere doesn’t mean they are a suspect or person of interest or a witness,” Kochems said.

On Thursday, Hempfield Township police obtained search warrants from Mercer County District Judge Ronald E. Antos to search for evidence at Crash’s home and garage and four vehicles.

Police also requested Crash’s cell phone records and a warrant to search the apartment that another of Crash’s daughters, Susan Brenneman, shares with John Rice at 21 S. Mercer St., Greenville.

Kochems said those warrants are all part of the investigation and only a piece of the total probe.

Investigators will meet this week to pull together all the facts they have gathered so far in the case, according Kochems.

Meanwhile, Greenville’s Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. holds calling hours for Crash from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Mass of Christian Burial for Crash is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Roman Catholic Church in Greenville.

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