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Arrest in Mercer County slaying not expected for months, authorities say

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:18 p.m.

Investigators are focusing on two “persons of interest” in the slaying of a prominent Mercer County business owner, the district attorney said on Wednesday.The evidence suggests that Frank R. Crash, 76, of Hempfield, who owned Frank Crash Auto Wrecking in Sharon and Greenville, was not the victim of a random crime when he died of multiple stab wounds inside his home on July 25, District Attorney Robert Kochems said in a statement.

The two persons of interest are not being named. Authorities said they are a man who has left the state and a woman who is serving a lengthy state prison sentence. An arrest is not expected for several months because 13 pieces of newly discovered evidence has been sent to the state police crime lab for testing, Kochems said.

DNA from one of the two was found at the crime scene and other evidence and statements corroborate the participation of a second person, Kochems said.

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or mhasch@tribweb.com.

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