Ray disappeared on April 15, 2005. On the day he disappeared, Ray was last seen in Lewisburg, in Union County. After that sighting no one knows what happened to Ray. For more than three years, Ray’s family and friends have been seeking answers about his disappearance. They are justifiably frustrated by an investigation that has made agonizingly little progress and now appears to have stalled. I know that Bellefonte police, the Centre County District Attorney's office and 20 other law enforcement personnel have worked tirelessly on this case and have done their best to solve this mystery.
As a district attorney for 16 years, I know how difficult it can be to solve cases without any apparent leads. But this is no ordinary case. It involves the unexplained disappearance of an elected state district attorney. District attorneys are charged with the responsibility of prosecuting thousands of criminal cases each year and are the chief law enforcement officers in their respective counties. The unexplained disappearance of a state DA strikes at the heart of our security because it may represent retaliation by some criminal against the criminal justice system as well as a personal attack on a specific prosecutor. But local prosecutors and police have limited resources and can only do so much with any single case.
The circumstances surrounding this case cry out for leadership from the Attorney General’s office. Concerned citizens, including Montour County District Attorney Bob Buehner and former Clinton County DA Ted McKnight, have called on Attorney General Corbett to mobilize the superior resources of the Attorney General’s office to uncover the truth of Ray’s disappearance. The Attorney General is best-equipped to lead and coordinate a multi-county investigation. Unfortunately, however, Mr. Corbett shows no interest in this matter and has failed to involve his office in any meaningful way. Mr. Corbett’s spokesman has been quoted as asking, “What could we do that isn’t being done?” Centre Daily article by Pete Bosak. January 1, 2006 The Attorney General is not even involved in this case, yet he seems to be throwing up his hands. How can he suggest that nothing can be done when he hasn’t even tried? It is time that the people of Centre County and Pennsylvania have an Attorney General who believes that it his duty to take an active role in a case of this magnitude.
Therefore, today, I am announcing that if elected Attorney General, I will also establish a Cold Case Homicide Unit within the Attorney General’s office.. The Ray Gricar case will be the very first case for this unit. The unit will be comprised of experienced homicide investigators. The unit will utilize the resources of the state to attempt to solve these difficult cases. This unit will furnish local authorities with the extra resources, funds, manpower, and technical assistance needed to solve long-outstanding cases of murder or suspected murder. I promise to exhaust every possible lead in this investigation. Of course there’s no way to know for certain if greater interest and involvement from the Attorney General in Ray’s case would have helped uncover the truth of what happened on April 15, 2005. But it couldn’t have hurt. As things stand, the truth goes undiscovered and a possible crime goes unpunished. I believe that with additional attention and resources we will be able to deliver the closure that Ray, his friends and family, and others like him most certainly deserve.
Blogger's Note: Ray Gricar's family has set up a web page with more information.