Police search for 3 people in abandoned Monsour hospital
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 email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Youthful actors bring Disney classic ‘Tarzan’ to life at Geyer in Scottdale
- Jewish congregations dwindling, forced to mull viability of worship sites
- Independence Day events for Westmoreland County
- Hempfield woman donates music inspired by WWI ‘doughnut girls’
- Facelift approved for historic La Rose building in Greensburg
- State Supreme Court rejects latest Foxley Farm appeal in Ligonier Township dispute
- Hempfield bicyclist gets one last chance from Westmoreland County judge
- 3 injured in crash that ties up Route 22 in Salem for nearly 8 hours
- Former Jeannette coach held for trial on charges of assault on teen girls
- Hempfield woman seriously injured in crash
- $500K federal grant to pay for brownfield evaluation in Westmoreland County