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Police search for 3 people in abandoned Monsour hospital

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 5:22 p.m.
Firefighters exit the Monsour Medical Center while responding to a call on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review

Jeannette city police called off a search for three people inside the abandoned Monsour Medical Center after an hourlong hunt late Wednesday afternoon.

A motorist on Route 30 saw two males and a female enter the building through the ambulance bay and called police.

Police Cpl. Jeff Stahl said officers began an extensive search on the first floor and worked their way through the tower.

“An officer heard a noise and saw the girl,” Stahl said. “She screamed, ran into a room and slammed the door.”

Firefighters, who were called to the scene after Stahl smelled smoke, stood at exits around the hospital as police searched.

Officials found no sign of a fire.

The search was called off around 5:30 p.m. Stahl believes the three people were still hiding somewhere in the building.

“From my standpoint, it's a waste of city resources,” Stahl said. “We're going to go protect the rest of the city.”

The building was condemned in June 2011, but Stahl said police regularly monitor the former hospital for trespassers.

One night, an officer saw flashlights shining throughout the building and went in to investigate but couldn't find anyone.

On another night, officers went in and heard people moving around on a floor above them but couldn't locate them, Stahl said.

“I wish they'd knock this down,” Stahl said of the dilapidated facility. “We hate going in there. I don't know why anybody would want to go in there.”

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6220 or adolasinski@tribweb.com.

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