Search ongoing for remains of woman gone since ’99

HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) — A prosecutor says crews have continued to search for the remains of a woman missing since 1999 on a central Pennsylvania tract owned by her former father-in-law.

Huntingdon County District Attorney George Zanic says searchers continued working Tuesday at the site owned by 65-year-old Kenneth Leighty, of Altoona.

Leighty owns about 150 acres in Warriors Mark Township in Huntingdon County, where crews have been searching for his former daughter-in-law’s remains since April 20.

Leighty has not been charged in the disappearance of Sherry Jean Leighty, but search warrant affidavits make clear that state police and Huntingdon County investigators believe he’s involved in her disappearance, in part because he was the last person to see her alive in 1999.

She disappeared just days before her divorce with Leighty’s son became final.

Kenneth Leighty has denied wrongdoing.

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