Special Reports

The Lewisburg Witnesses, April 16, 2005

Ray Gricar was also seen on Saturday, April 16, 2005 in Lewisburg.  He was seen by three people in the Street of Shops, literally across the street from where the Mini Cooper was found.  These three witnesses all saw Mr. Gricar between roughly 11:00 AM and just after Noon.  A fourth witness saw him at 1:30 PM, but she was ruled out by the police. http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2005/04/04-25-05tdc/04-25-05dnews-06.asp

            I remember reading that two of the witnesses were women who worked in the area (sorry, but the site is no longer available.)  The third was the owner of the Street of Shops, Craig Bennett.  Mr. Bennett was quoted as saying, "He looked anxious.  He was not a relaxed person. He was waiting for someone."  http://www.centredaily.com/news/ray_gricar/story/3790.html  That was similar to what the witnesses on Friday said.

            If this was Mr. Gricar, where did he spend the night?  Probably he didn’t spend the night outside.  The temperature dropped to below freezing that night in Lewisburg.  A 59 year old man, not to put too fine a point on it, would probably need to relieve himself at some point.  That would very likely leave a scent for the search dog to fairly easily find. 

Further, why wasn’t he seen before lunchtime?  April 16 was the first day of fishing season.  While the Susquehanna wasn’t prime fishing grounds, it is likely that someone was around.  He wasn’t described as looking disheveled.  I generally look disheveled after just getting up.  If this was really Mr. Gricar, he was someplace inside for the night.

Well, where was he that night?  A motel, no the police checked.  Montour County District Attorney Robert Buehner suggested that woman seen with Mr. Gricar might have registered for him.  http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/story/691532.html  That is one possibility and the time fits; checkout time is usually noon and these sighting occurred around Noon, 4/16/05. 

There is another possibility.  Mr. Gricar left Lewisburg on Friday night and returned on Saturday morning.  He had some more things to do in Lewisburg.

One question that I’ve seen raised on-line is that if Mr. Gricar knew that the police were looking for him, and he didn’t want the police to find him, why was he hanging around the Street of Shops?  There is an answer; neither Mr. Gricar nor anyone around him in Lewisburg would have known that he had been reported missing.

As has been pointed out in previous blog entries, Lewisburg is not in the Central Pennsylvania Media Market.  On 4/16/05 and even on the morning of 4/17/05, the public Mr. Gricar was missing.  A blogger on the Free Republic web site from the Milton area read about it there, and checked the local media on the morning of Sunday 4/18/05.  There were no news stories about it.


            Mr. Gricar also had once “disappeared” before, though there was an explanation; he went to baseball game in Cleveland.  It was while he was married to his second wife and it was on a workday; he “vanished” for about a day and a half.  No one reported him missing.  Even if Mr. Gricar was not planning to leave his life behind and walk away, he might have been planning to take off for a few days and not expected anyone to be out looking for him.

            While still a solid sighting of Mr. Gricar, it lacks some of the elements of the previous day’s sightings.  Fewer witnesses saw him and nobody saw him with the Mini Cooper.  It does have multiple witnesses seeing Mr. Gricar at the same place and at the same time.