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Discovery of Bodies Raises New Questions in Disappearance of Penn State Student

by on January 30, 2014 12:20 PM

The news that as many as 12 bodies are now linked to an accused murderer in Luzerne County brings to the forefront the 2001 disappearance of a Penn State student.

A grand jury presentment released this week related to perjury and witness intimidation charges for accused murderer Hugo Selenski, along with his attorney and private investigator, reveals that authorities have located roughly 12 destroyed bodies at his home.

Previously, a witness claimed Cindy Song, a Penn State student who disappeared Nov. 1, 2001, may be one of Selenski's victims. So far, authorities investigating Song's disappearance have said there's no evidence to support the claim.

Ferguson Township police continue to lead the investigation into Song's disappearance with Detective Jonathan Mayer in charge.

Ferguson Township Police Chief Diane Conrad says the investigation is ongoing and that Song's DNA is part of various national law enforcement databases.

"It's a very active investigation," Conrad says.

Conrad says her department is aware of the recent indictment. At the same time, she stresses that the case of the unidentified bodies is in the hands of Luzerne County investigators. As the case develops, she says there will be ongoing communication, as there has been in the past, between investigating agencies.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Cindy Song can contact Ferguson Township Police at 814-237-1172.

While attending Penn State, Song went to a Halloween party on Nov. 1, 2001 at Player's Nite Club in the 100 block of West College Avenue. She left from the party at 2 a.m., then stopped by a friend's house. About 4 a.m., a friend dropped Song off outside of her home in State College Park Apartments in the 300 block of West Clinton Avenue.

Song's friends reported her missing Nov. 4. Many of her personal belongings were inside her apartment, including her backpack, cell phone and purse.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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