ShareThis Page
2nd day of search in Brush Creek fails to locate reported body, officials say | TribLIVE.com
Westmoreland

2nd day of search in Brush Creek fails to locate reported body, officials say

Paul Peirce
| Sunday, February 10, 2019 5:46 p.m
734486_web1_PSP-helicopter
Paul Peirce | Tribune-Review
State police helicopter assists in search for report of body at Brush Creek in North Huntingdon Township Sunday.
734486_web1_Murrysville-Dive-team
Paul Peirce | Tribune-Review
Murrysville Dive Team vehicles depart Larimer Volunteer Fire Department parking lot following search in Brush Creek in North Huntingdon Township on Sunday afternoon.
734486_web1_Fireman-Brush-Creek
Paul Peirce | Tribune-Review
Firefighter searches along Brush Creek in North Huntingdon Township Saturday after police receive report of a body in the stream.
734486_web1_River-Rescue-unit-in-Brush-Creek
Paul Peirce | Tribune-Review
River rescue unit searches along Brush Creek Saturday in North Huntingdon Township after receiving a report of a body floating in the water.

For a second day Sunday, multiple Westmoreland and Allegheny County emergency response crews were unable to locate a body that a witness told police he saw floating Saturday in Brush Creek in North Huntingdon.

Crews on Sunday entered the creek in inflatable rafts, dive teams from Monroeville and Murrysville responded, and firefighters walked along the creek for several miles between the township village of Larimer and Trafford to no avail.

Township police also summoned a state police helicopter and a cadaver dogs to assist in the seven-hour search that ended about 4:30 p.m. due to darkness and an incoming snowstorm.

The township’s emergency management coordinator Gene Komondor said township officials will meet Monday morning to discuss the next course of action.

Emergency management officials at a command post along Route 993 referred inquiries to township police Chief Robert Rizzo, who couldn’t be reached for comment.

The search Sunday appeared to focus on a several-mile stretch of the creek, which winds through a wooded area off Route 993.

On Saturday, rescuers used drones, and firefighters searched along the creek banks and waded in the creek for more than three hours before the search was called off at 4:45 p.m., according to police.

A Westmoreland County dispatcher reported the initial call of a body in the creek was received at 1:27 p.m. Saturday.

Rizzo said a man was metal detecting in the woods near the creek, with his young son, when they saw what they believed was a body in the creek.

“The gentleman who initially called it in, got his son out of the area, but by the time we arrived the body was gone down the creek,” Rizzo said.

Rizzo said Saturday he believed the report is credible.

“I personally spoke with the man who saw the body, and he was still very visibly shaken by what he saw,” Rizzo said. “I believe it is credible.”

Brush Creek is part of the Turtle Creek watershed and eventually flows into the Monongahela River in North Versailles in Allegheny County.


Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.


Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

Categories: News | Westmoreland
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.