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Family Distraught After Woman Found Dead In River

Christine D'Antonio reporting
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — For the family of Peggy Sue Kriek, the details surrounding her brutal murder are difficult to comprehend and even harder to talk about.

Today her sister Deborah Leonard talked about the pain her family is going through.

“People out there who know Peggy Sue know that she didn’t deserve that,” Leonard said. “She’d do anything for you – 24 years old, what he ain’t got nothing else better to do but to terrorize somebody? She didn’t deserve that.”

State Police say the 52-year-old was sexually assaulted, badly beaten and strangled by Craig Rugg and Paul Bannasch. Both are 24 years old and both have criminal backgrounds.

Police say the two were seen leaving the Sidewinders Bar in Connellsville after 11:30 p.m. Friday night with Kriek.

About 45 minutes later, troopers say the men were walking along water street between the Amtrak station and the bar when they reportedly asked some bar patrons in the parking lot if they knew where Kriek lived and told the people if they saw them on a wanted flyer to say they didn’t see them.

Kriek’s naked body was found in the Youghiogheny River Saturday morning after a Boy Scout troop spotted her naked body floating.

Those in the community who knew her say they feel awful about pain she endured in her final moments.

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