Special Reports

More Can Be Done

In this series of blogs, I’ve tried to put together a number of reasonable suggestions to advance the investigation into the disappearance of former Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar.  Slamdunk offered a series of new, inventive suggestions,

Guest Blog by Slamdunk: What Else Can Be Done? .  I’ve joined with Montour County Robert Buehner in suggesting that A Grand Jury be impaneled, using the vast resources and expertise of Penn State,

Use Penn State , using the Vidocq Society, Use the Vidocq Society  to investigate the case and joined with Anthony De Boef in suggesting retired police be used to follow up on the case.

            Before this series of blogs, I outlined some evidence that could be released and noted how some leads have been developed because of members of the general public.   Release More Information In that I’ve been joining with numerous others, including Slamdunk, Pete Bosak, and Karen Arnold (though she didn’t suggest it while running for DA). 

            At the risk of sounding like a fiscally conservative Republican (because I am a fiscally conservative Republican), how much would this all cost?  I am mindful of the cost and easily realize that the Borough of Bellefonte (or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) doesn’t have a few million dollars laying around that they could spend on this.

            In terms of releasing more information, the cost might be that associated with photocopying; Mr. Bosak suggested putting it on a website.  This isn’t exactly a large cost.  Using Penn State might involve the cost of driving about 21 miles, a round trip from Bellefonte to State College.  The Vidocq Society is a bit more expensive; it might take a tank of gas and a motel room to get the case to the Society’s meeting.  All of these things together might cost $1000, or less.

            The expenses of a grand jury might cost more, including paying jurors, and

delivering subpoenas, but that would be thousands of dollars, not tens of thousands of dollars.

            I more than understand, if there are adequate resources, why Centre County District Attorney Michael T. Madeira cannot turn the case over to the Attorney General’s Office.  It is not permitted by statute.  Statute does not prohibit any of these suggestions, however.

            Assuming that the police do not have a solid theory, backed up by evidence, the question is, why isn’t law enforcement doing more?  That is a question that can, and should, be directed to the two people seeking be the chief law enforcement officer in Centre County, Mr. Madeira and Stacy Parks Miller.  While Ms. Parks Miller has the disadvantage of not being privy to the police files, Mr. Madeira does have that advantage and has had it for more than three years.  That is a good question for him today.  It might be a good one for her in January or February 2010.