PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The hunt for Kenneth Konias took a bizarre turn Tuesday when it led investigators to a cemetery in Munhall where sources say he stashed at least some of the stolen $2 million.
Shortly after the murder-robbery, sources close to the investigation say Konias called his mother, telling her, “Go visit grandma.”
Konias’ grandmother is dead and she’s buried at St. Mary Magdalene cemetery.
The grandmother, Anna Hrichak, died in 1996. Investigators believe Konias used her grave to stash some of the stolen money.
KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti reports:
The same sources say that Konias’s father came to the cemetery and in a small hole next to the gravestone found a bag containing more than $20,000. Sources say Konias’ father then took the money to the home of his brother, telling his brother to keep it hidden.
Investigators retrieved that money, which sources say does amount to just over $20,000. But they’re not sure if that’s all the money that Konias stashed at the gravesite.
Now, sources are telling KDKA that investigators have retrieved more than $200,000 from Konias’ parents’ basement in Dravosburg. And the investigators continue to pressure the parents for information that could lead to Konias’ capture.
KDKA’s Ross Guidotti reports:
William Hill and his wife were at the cemetery in Munhall visiting a relative’s grave. He was really surprised to learn some of the stolen money was found there.
“I’m really surprised,” said Hill. “We were just here visiting my wife’s uncle’s grave on the anniversary of his death, and when you said to us that some of the money was here, that’s just really odd.”
KDKA’s Brenda Waters reports:
Meantime, KDKA-TV has learned that FBI agents showed up at the Buy-N-Fly convenience store across from the cemetery Tuesday.
D.J. Siegworth, the assistant manager, said the FBI came in and made copies of their surveillance system tapes.
“Our surveillance system, you can see out into the street and part of the cemetery,” he said.
Earlier this week, the FBI said they had started using social media in the search for Konias. The FBI said since using Facebook, they’ve already had several hundred downloads of their Most Wanted poster.
KDKA’s Andy Sheehan reports: