AUSTINTOWN Family from New Jersey seeks answers in slaying
Police are looking for a man driving a white semi with a blue 'z' on the side.
By IAN HILL
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
AUSTINTOWN -- Stella Moore says she left a meeting with Austintown Detective Bob Schaeffer feeling reassured. But she still doesn't have what she really wants: closure.
That will come only when justice is served to the man who killed her brother, Roy Patterson, in November.
"Every day I look at Roy's picture, I say to Roy, 'We're still trying,'" she said.
Police say Patterson, 45, of Hackensack, N.J., was stabbed during a fight with another trucker behind the Rebel Lounge on Seventy-Six Drive. Witnesses told police the attacker got into a commercial waste-hauling truck and drove off after the fight.
Moore and four other Patterson relatives drove 15 hours round-trip from New Jersey earlier this week to meet with Schaeffer on Monday and discuss the investigation. Moore also said they made a "heartbreaking" visit to the site of the slaying.
"I just don't know why he was there in the first place," she said.
No details: Schaeffer said he couldn't discuss the specifics of the investigation with Patterson's family during their hourlong meeting. However, he said he let them know the police haven't stopped looking for the killer.
"There hasn't been a time where [the investigation] has been sitting idle," Schaeffer said.
Police describe Patterson's killer as a white male in his late 30s or early 40s who is between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall. He was driving a white semi with a blue design in the shape of a "z" along the side, according to witnesses.
Moore said she can't understand why someone would fight with her brother. She said Patterson was a friendly, easygoing man who hung out with peaceful people.
"I could never see anyone hurting Roy," Moore said. "He never got mad."
She added that at times, her family has been frustrated with the pace of the investigation.
Moore said she doesn't understand how the killer was able to drive away from the Rebel Lounge without getting caught.
"We feel that the guy should have been captured by now," she said.
Schaeffer said the investigation has been complicated by the fact that the killer and most of the witnesses are truckers who are constantly on the move.
The Rebel Lounge, located near the state Route 46 ramp to Interstate 80, is known as a hangout for truckers.
Moore said Monday's meeting with Schaeffer reassured her family that the police were continuing to hunt for her brother's killer.
"I really feel [the police] are doing their best," she said.