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Attorney General to join probe into Blairsville dentist's murder

| Thursday, April 5, 2007

Nearly a year after a dentist was found slain in his home, the state Attorney General's Office has joining the stalled investigation.

Nobody has been charged in the April 13 slaying of Dr. John Yelenic of Blairsville.

Indiana County District Attorney Robert Bell invited state prosecutors to help with the investigation because Bell said Wednesday his office doesn't have the resources necessary to solve the case.

Authorities have not specified how Yelenic died, though Yelenic family's has said he was found with his throat cut.

The dentist was found dead the day before he was supposed to sign and notarize papers finalizing a bitter divorce. Yelenic's killing was the first homicide in Blairsville (population 3,500) in more than 20 years.

The case drew additional attention last year when Yelenic's divorce attorney asked an Indiana County judge to issue a posthumous divorce decree, saying the dentist would have wanted it that way. The judge refused.

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