I remember when Ray Gricar went missing, because his red Mini-Cooper was found without him. I’ve always loved the Mini-Cooper (never owned one) and they don’t often make the news. The Pennsylvania District Attorney called his girlfriend, said he was leaving the office and was on his way home (Bellefonte, Pennsylvania). He hasn’t been seen since. Gricar was the DA for Centre County, the home of the Penn State campus. He investigated at least one of the sexual predator claims against Sandusky from a Mother on behalf of her son. The Mother confronted Sandusky twice and University detectives listened-in on one of the conversations. They heard the Mother ask Sandusky to never shower with a boy again, so they knew. Sandusky refused to promise. In the end, Gricar’s 1998 written report after a six-week investigation, said the claims were “unfounded.” He did not prosecute.
It is unknown whether Gricar’s investigation had more information than the one Mother. Her son was not raped, but Sandusky entered the shower with him and there was definitely inappropriate behavior. When she asked Sandusky if his “private parts” touched her son’s “private parts,” he said “I don’t know…maybe.” It was to this Mother that Sandusky said “I wish I was dead.” He was very much alive, and went on to rape and commit deviant acts on boys for years after, according to the Grand Jury Report.
This Fox Philly article says “new allegations” surfaced “three years before he disappeared.” Did Gricar know about those cases?
Gricar disappeared in 2005. His cell phone was found inside his car. His wallet, keys and laptop were missing. Three months later his laptop was found in a river without the hard drive. Two months after, the destroyed hard drive was found on the river bank. Two years after his disappearance, police revealed that Gricar had used his home computer to search “how to wreck a hard drive,” “how to fry a hard drive,” and “water damage to a notebook computer.”
No one knows if Gricar has intentionally gone missing, committed suicide, was kidnapped or even murdered. In fact, amateur sleuths – and there seem to be about as many in this north-central Pennsylvania valley as there are Penn State football fans – can find circumstantial evidence for each possibility.
What about the witness who talked with a man who matched Gricar’s description and who spoke of the D.A.’s beloved Cleveland Indians, some 120 miles away in Wilkes-Barre, two days after his car was found?
Did Gricar intentionally throw himself in the river and commit suicide, just as his own brother had done nine years earlier?
Or were some members of the big-city drug ring that Gricar had helped bust just two weeks earlier hell-bent on revenge?
And what of the fresh flowers that were found in an orange-juice container near the riverbank where his car was found – a detail so strange that it reminds some locals of the 1967 suicide-mystery “Ode to Billy Joe.”
The tough Gricar had just busted a major heroin ring, and was at the crest of his career- why on Earth would he be afraid to go after a child molester?
Recall a few years back, where they busted that Belgian child-sex ring… one that not only swapped playthings amongst themselves –often their own children– but enforced the security of the operation with violent, mafia-style manipulation and even vengeance killings?
UPDATE 11-11-11: Just heard Judge Jeanine Pirro on Fox News say that cigarettes were found in Gricar’s ashtray when his car was located. Gircar was “intolerant” of cigarettes.
Gricar was declared legally dead in July 2011. But is he dead? Did he disappear purposefully because of something to do with Jerry Sandusky or other cases he was involved in? Or was he murdered because of something to do with Sandusky. Or was he murdered by gangs? Or did wayward Amish youth disappear him?
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