Reward increased in Mercer County murder case

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa (WKBN) – Mercer County Crime Solvers has increased the reward for information in connection to a six month-old murder case.

Hempfield police announced Wednesday that Crime Solvers is offering $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the July 2013 stabbing death of Mercer County businessman Frank Crash.

District Attorney Robert Kochems announced in December that a few pieces of DNA blood evidence had been tested and returned. Kochems said at the time that while multiple blood swabs and other evidence were submitted for forensic testing six month ago, the case could still move forward with the results obtained in December from the few pieces that were returned.

Lead investigator in the case, Officer Daniel McCloskey, with the Hempfield Township Police Department, said on Wednesday that evidence is still being collected and analyzed in the case.

“We’re still continuing to follow up with everything and with anything new that comes in,” said McCloskey. “It’s a process to go through everything, and it’s something that takes time.”

McCloskey would not confirm if there are any persons of interest in the case.

Crash, 76, was found stabbed more than 70 times inside his Hempfield Township home last July. He was found by his daughter lying in a pool of blood. His cell phone had been smashed and the phone cord pulled out of the wall.

A gold 3.5 carat diamond ring was missing from Crash’s home.

Officers searched a 21 S. Mercer St. apartment in Greenville rented by a daughter’s boyfriend. A court affidavit says investigators found a light blue shirt with blood on it in a garbage can and dried blood on the bathroom floor.

The boyfriend confirmed the shirt, which was soaked in a chemical, belonged to Crash’s daughter. She told police she cut her hand while opening a can, according to court records.

Frank Crash was the owner of Frank Crash Auto Wrecking. The business continues at two locations in Greenville, Pa.

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