Ray Frank Gricar
Missing Since: 04/15/05
Missing from: Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 10/09/45
Age at disappearance: 59
Weight: 170-172 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown/Gray
Eye Color: Green
Distinguishing Characteristics: He is interested in
anything related to the city of Cleveland, his Slovenian
heritage, and antiques (especially toys from the 1940’s-50’s).
Clothing: Blue jeans, blue fleece jacket, and sneakers.
AKA: “Ray F. Gricar”, “Ray Lange”, “Ray Gray”
Details of Disappearance
Ray was last seen Friday, April 15, 2005, in Bellefonte, PA and possibly in Lewisburg, PA. His vehicle, a red and white 2004 Mini Cooper was found in Lewisburg, PA, approximately 60 miles from Bellefonte, PA. and the Penn State University main campus at State College, PA. His cell phone was found inside. Ray’s last known communication was a phone call stating he was, “on 192 and wouldn’t make it back to take care of Honey”. Honey is the family dog. Ray was eight months away from his retirement when he vanished.
Gricar’s brother, Roy J. Gricar, vanished under similar circumstances in Ohio in May 1996. Roy told his wife he was going out to buy some mulch and never returned, according to an account at the time in the Dayton Daily News. His car was found two days later abandoned at a Dayton park near a river and a bridge. Roy Gricar’s body was pulled out of Ohio’s Great Miami River a few days later. Officials ruled his death a suicide.
There has been no activity on Ray’s credit cards or bank accounts. At the time of his disappearance, Ray was the District Attorney for Centre County. On July 30, 2005, Ray’s county-issued laptop was discovered by two fishermen in the Susquehanna River. The laptop’s hard drive had been removed, according to Bellefonte Police Chief Duane Dixon, and there is no way of telling how long the computer had been in the water. It was found under the state Route 45 bridge in Lewisburg, within walking distance from where the Mini Cooper was found.
The hard drive to his computer was found in October 2005, and police are currently attempting to retrieve information from it via the FBI. It was located near the same bridge as the laptop, pressed into the riverbank. A reported sighting with accompanying photographs was later ruled out as being Gricar.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Bellefonte Police Department
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