D.A. releases statement in Crash murder

Staff report


Investigators are searching for a large, gold ring that once belonged to a Hempfield Township businessman who was murdered in his Mercer Road home last week.

District Attorney Robert Kochems said in a statement Wednesday that investigators believe all that was taken from the home of Frank Crash, 76, was a 3.5 carat diamond solitare gold ring and some cash.

Crash, who owned Crash Auto Wrecking, was found about 9:30 a.m. July 25 in his home by his daughter, who went there after he failed to return several phone calls from her, Kochems said.

Crash was last seen about 10:30 p.m. July 24 at a Hermitage restaurant, where he ate dinner alone, Kochems said.

Kochems said Crash died of multiple stab wounds, with the fatal wounds being in the heart and two to his lungs. More testing is being done at the Pennsylvania State Police crime lab in Erie, and after that, further testing will be done in Greensburg. Among the testing performed will be DNA analysis, Kochems said.

Kochems said there is not yet a suspect or person of interest but investigators are talking to family and friends of Crash. They ask anyone who may have any information to contact Hempfield Township Police at 724-588-7369.

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