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.

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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.”

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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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