State Police Search Woods Near Slain Seneca Valley Teacher’s Home

LANCASTER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Five months after a Seneca Valley teacher was murdered, state police returned to the scene, hoping to find some new clues in the case.

State police in Butler say they are hoping to make an arrest soon in the killing of Steven Russo. Last November, the popular teacher was found dead inside his home along Perry Highway in Lancaster Township from a single gunshot.

State police say they’re on a trail that leads to a suspect.

“I’d like to reassure the public that there’s a lot of things going on with the investigation – things behind the scenes they’re not aware of,” State Police Lt. Steve Ignatz said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to bring some resolution to this case before too long.”

State police returned to the scene Wednesday and did a thorough search in the woods between Russo’s home and the nearby Log Cabin Inn.

“We wanted to do it before the foliage came out in the trees and the grass started to grow that might cover up any evidence that might still be there,” Ignatz said.

Police aren’t saying if they found anything; however, they are still asking for the public’s help. Anyone who lives in the Zelienople area and has seen something unusual at that site between last November and now should give police a call.

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Pennsylvania State Police
Seneca Valley School District

  • johnny69

    Fiance, ex wife/girlfriend, or one of their ex’s. What do you guys think? Sounds like police know who did it now. You, dude, you better go in and confess or they’ll put you in the chamber!

  • dave p

    I was thinking the daughter maybe some of her friends

  • Unis Shiever

    I never for a moment thought that the guy walking on Rt. 19 was a real suspect. The authorities need to look closer to home, and to whomever the teacher might have loaned or given some money….or perhaps lodging for a time. I would bet he balked at shelling out more, so the perp decided to take it….and the man’s life.

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