Mercer Co. DA: Evidence suggests Crash murder not random

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WKBN) — Mercer County District Attorney Robert Kochems announced that authorities are focusing their investigations on two persons of interest, one male and one female, in the July 2013 murder of Hempfield Townshp businessman Frank Crash, and that the murder was not random.

The Pennsylvania State Police laboratory in Greensburg, Pa., has matched DNA from one of the persons to evidence at the crime scene, and statements and other evidence corroborate the existence and participation of a second person, according to a Mercer County press release.

Kochems said an arrest is not expected for several months as approximately 13 pieces of newly discovered evidence from the Pittsburgh area were just sent this week for testing to the Pennsylvania State Police crime lab in Erie, Pa. Kochems did note that the female person of interest is currently serving a lengthy state prison sentence. The male person of interest has left the state for the east coast.

Kochems said these facts and other evidence that suggest Mr. Crash was not a randomly selected victim.

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