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DA: Cash, Ring Stolen After Mercer Co. Businessman’s Murder

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HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – New details have been released regarding the murder of a Mercer County businessman last week.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, the incident happened after 10:30 p.m. on July 24 in the 300-block of Mercer Road in Hempfield Township.

Frank Crash, 76, was found murdered in his home. He died from multiple stab wounds, perhaps as many as 70.

Investigators now say a stab wound to the heart and two to his lungs were the fatal wounds.

Crash had dinner alone at a restaurant in Hermitage a week ago.

Then last Thursday morning, he was found dead in his home by one of his daughters. She was unable to reach him by phone at his auto wrecking business, which he has owned since 1959.

He was murdered sometime between 10:30 Wednesday night and 9:30 the following morning.

Investigators are focusing on his whereabouts and activities during that 11-hour time-frame.

Police say they have not found the murder weapon and are looking for a pointed instrument, like a knife or a pair of scissors.

Also, authorities say an undetermined amount of money and a large, yellow gold ring are missing from Crash’s home. The ring is described as having a three-and-a-half carat diamond solitaire, which is fastened by prongs.

Police say they want to find the ring and the person who might be wearing it.

People who knew Crash in the Greenville area say his death, and the way he died, has left them shocked.

“We go back 45 years, 50 years maybe. One of the first people I met when I came to Greenville,” said Richard Miller, the former mayor of Greenville. “He was a good guy, he really was. He was a standup guy. He had an opinion about everything, no question about that.”

The Mercer County District Attorney released a written statement saying that police do not have a suspect or person of interest in custody at this time. But the investigation is far from over.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hempfield Township Police at (724)-588-7369. A reward is also being offering for information leading to a conviction.

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