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Search for missing Blairsville man continues

| Wednesday, March 16, 2005

On Friday morning, Donald Liscsak handed his fiancee of eight years some money so she could buy new tires. He told her what size to buy and where to get them.

He told her that he'd see her after he was done with work and that he'd call in the meantime if he had a chance.

Then he walked out the door. And that was the last time Pam Hartzog saw him.

Liscsak, a 27-year-old from Blairsville, Indiana County, has been missing since Friday.

He made it to work that day at drilling company BK Resources, then went out for a few drinks with co-workers. He was last seen at 4 p.m. at the BP Inn, a Rayne Township bar in northern Indiana County.

Blairsville police Chief Don Hess said his disappearance is suspicious.

Hess said Liscsak is, by all accounts, a loving father with an impeccable work record. Hess said there is nothing in Liscsak's background to indicate that he would leave home.

"For him to disappear like this is highly out of the ordinary," Hess said.

His family, too, said there is no way Liscsak would take off without telling anyone. And, they said, he would not abandon his two boys, 7-year-old Corey and 3-year-old Zachary.

"He loves his kids more than life itself," said Sherri Leffakis, Hartzog's sister and a longtime friend of Liscsak.

She said she thinks he has become the victim of a crime.

"I know somebody did something to him," she said.

Hess said no calls have been made from Liscsak's cell phone since Friday, and he hasn't turned up at either the Indiana Regional Medical Center or Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Local and state police, the Evergreen Search and Rescue Team, and fire departments in Clymer and Marion Center have not found Liscsak's vehicle or any sign of him.

Liscsak is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 185 pounds. He has brownish-blond hair, a moustache and goatee, and a tattoo of a wizard on his left shoulder.

He was driving a teal 1993 Ford Explorer with license plate FBZ-1732. The vehicle has red tape over a rear taillight.

There was a white, 50cc motorcycle in the back of the vehicle that was to be an Easter present for his son, Corey.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Blairsville police at either 724-459-7555 or 724-349-1428.

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