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Unsolved: James Scott Swoyer, 23

| Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005

James Scott Swoyer needed a night job that paid more than minimum wage to support himself while he attended Westmoreland County Community College.

Swoyer, 23, of Jeannette, was studying to be a lab technician, said his brother, Jay Swoyer.

Swoyer earned $5 an hour as a clerk at the adult bookstore along Route 22 in Murrysville.

On the morning of Nov. 25, 1992, police were summoned to the store by the manager, who reported he was locked out of the business, which stayed open 24 hours.

Police broke through the glass door. Swoyer's body was found behind the counter.

He had been shot four times and had a knife wound.

The killer left behind Swoyer's wallet and his Pontiac Firebird, parked outside. There was $80 in the cash register.

"James wasn't really that outgoing. Geez, he didn't even tell me really where he worked," said Jay Swoyer. "He told me he had taken a night job at a bookstore to help with his college expenses. I asked him whether it was a Christian bookstore ... and the way he answered I knew something was odd."

James Swoyer told his sister, Joy, he didn't like dealing with the clientele, but the hours fit his class schedule, Jay Swoyer said.

The family has been tormented by the brutal death and the killer who got away with it, he said.

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James Scott Swoyer

Murrysville police: 724-327-2111

Westmoreland County detectives: 724-830-3287.

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