State College, PA - Centre County - Central Pennsylvania - Home of Penn State University

Still No Answers 9 Years After District Attorney Ray Gricar Disappeared

by on April 15, 2014 6:00 AM

It's been nine years since Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar disappeared and authorities still seem to have more questions than answers.

Was it suicide? Murder? Or did he simply walk away from his life? While a court declared Gricar dead in 2011 -- despite the absence of a body -- authorities still cannot say what happened to him.

In 2005, 60-year-old Gricar disappeared after leaving his home to go for a drive. Later, authorities located his vehicle parked outside of an antique mall in Lewisburg, a place he frequently visited. Police also retrieved his laptop and hard drive from the Susquehanna River.

Many theories have developed over the years concerning Gricar's disappearance. For example, some wonder if it is connected to Gricar's decision not to file criminal charges against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.

In 1998, Sandusky abused a boy who later became known as Victim 6 in the locker room shower after an afternoon of working out at Penn State's football facility. The boy's mother was alarmed by her son's wet hair when he arrived home, found out about the shower, and alerted authorities.

The boy's mother later confronted Sandusky in her home while police were listening in on the conversation. Sandusky told the mother of Victim 6 that he 'wished he was dead' and knew he wouldn't be granted her forgiveness. Ultimately, Gricar never filed charges against Sandusky.

It wasn't until years later, after new allegations, that Sandusky was arrested and convicted on child sex abuse charges.

As a prosecutor, Gricar had a hand in sending many criminals to jail, including a member of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang who was also reportedly an FBI informant. Last year, there were reports that a member of Hell's Angels ordered the killing of Gricar. However, authorities later said the tip led to a dead end.

Then there is the suicide of Gricar's brother raising the possibility that Gricar decided to take his own life just as his brother did.

While authorities have not yet solved the mysterious case, it is under a fresh review. In February, Pennsylvania State Police announced it was the lead investigating agency on the case, taking over for the Bellefonte Police Department.

Now, the state police is in the process of interviewing each person Bellefonte investigators originally interviewed and following up on any leads Bellefonte received, according to Trooper Jeff Petucci, a spokesman for the state police.

"Our investigators are looking at any leads and re-interviewing everyone. If it leads to something more we'll continue to follow up on it," Petucci says.

Since taking over in February, state police have received multiple new tips through its hotline, 800-472-8477. Police would not elaborate on the content of those tips.

When reached Monday, Gricar's daughter, Lara Gricar, declined to be interviewed.

 Popular Stories:

'Cruel joke' by Mother Nature to Bring Cold, Rain and Maybe Snow

Paterno Family Asks Judge to Force NCAA to Release Documents

New CVS to Open, Older Store to Close

Take A Book, Leave A Book: The Story Of State College's Little Free Library

For the Future Campaign Raises $2.158 Billion

State Legislature Sends Child Protection Bills to Governor

State College Native Melanie Collins Making a Splash in Sports

Thousands Take Part in Special Olympics Run at Beaver Stadium

Penn State Football: Five Blue White Game Performances You Missed

Penn State Basketball: Devin Foster Tabs Nittany Lions

Penn State Football: No Longer a Stand-up, Zettel is Still Funny

Penn State Football: Evaluation The Key Following Conclusion Of The Spring

Penn State Football: Recruiting Class Ranked Best In The Nation Following McLean Commitment



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.
Next Article
Paterno Family Asks Judge to Force NCAA to Release Documents
April 14, 2014 2:49 PM
by Steve Bauer
Paterno Family Asks Judge to Force NCAA to Release Documents
Related Articles
Comments
Disclaimer: Copyright © 2014 StateCollege.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

order food online