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Hempfield Township police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Mercer County Coroner’s Office are investigating a Thursday morning homicide in Hempfield Township, just south of Greenville.
Officers swept through a home at 362 Mercer Road looking for any evidence in the case. It was there they found the body of Frank Crash, 76, who police believe was murdered.
Officers also were at a second scene Thursday evening. That scene is an apartment complex rented by the fiance of one of Crash’s family members.
Officers would not say what they were looking for or how the apartment is connected.
Frank Crash’s granddaughter didn’t want to speak on camera, but said her grandfather was a part of the community. He has owned Frank Crash Auto Recycling Co. for the past 50 years.
Other family members said they are shocked and are asking for privacy.
The Erie County Medical examiner will perform the autopsy Friday morning to determine the nature and manner of Crash’s death. The investigation is ongoing and police are asking for the public’s help.
“Any persons that may have knowledge of this, because of the continuing nature of the investigation, should contact the Hempfield Township Police Department,” said Mercer County District Attorney Robert Kochems.
The police department can be reached at 724-588-7369.