Prosecutors to review murder

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Prosecutors and detectives will confer Tuesday to review the brutal murder of a 76-year-old Hempfield Township businessman.

An autopsy showed Frank Crash was fatally stabbed more than 70 times on Thursday morning.

“Representatives from my office, including Mercer County detectives, are scheduled to meet with Hempfield Township Police and Pennsylvania State Police tomorrow to review the status of the investigation in Mr. Crash’s murder and plan on releasing an update on Wednesday,” a statement from district attorney Robert Kochems says.

According to court records, police found Crash’s body lying in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor along with a cell phone that was broken in two pieces. An investigator with the coroner’s office said the body “appeared to have several stab wounds.”

Officers also noted the home phone was pulled out of the wall.

A four-carat diamond ring was missing from the residence. Officers swept through the house at 362 Mercer Road and found evidence of forced entry at a back door.

Officers also investigated a second home at 21 S. Mercer St. Apt. 2 in Greenville, which is rented by Crash’s daughter’s boyfriend.

There they found a light blue shirt with blood on it in a garbage can, as well as dried blood on the bathroom floor. The daughter’s boyfriend confirmed the shirt, which was soaked in some kind of chemical, was that of Crash’s daughter. She told police she cut her hand while opening a can, according to court records.

A warrant filed in Mercer County District Court shows an off-duty officer saw the victim’s daughter walking toward Crash’s residence on Wednesday afternoon. He said she was wearing a light blue shirt and blue jeans.

The daughter’s boyfriend told police officers had been at the apartment on Monday for a domestic dispute between the couple.

Court records show a relative found Crash after she went to the residence to check on him when he did not show up for work. Crash was the owner of Frank Crash Auto Wrecking, which has two locations in Greenville.

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