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After Missing DA Is Declared Dead, Some Note His Resemblance to a John Doe Prisoner

Posted Jul 26, 2011 11:21 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Detectives are investigating whether a missing Pennsylvania district attorney declared dead on Monday is alive and in jail in Provo, Utah.

A judge declared Ray Gricar dead on Monday, six years after his disappearance, the Patriot-News reported. The Centre County DA was 59 when he vanished in April 2005, leaving behind a daughter and live-in girlfriend. His abandoned red Mini Cooper was found in a parking lot, and his badly damaged county laptop was found in the Susquehanna River.

Some are suggesting the authorities need look no further than Provo, Utah, where the Utah County Sheriff’s office is seeking the identity of a John Doe prisoner, report the Patriot-News and the Centre Daily Times. The Deseret News has details of the unidentified man’s misdemeanor arrest after he was spotted looking into cars in a parking garage.

Since then, Utah police received hundreds of emails suggesting John Doe could be the missing DA. The Centre Daily Times has also received reader tips about the resemblance.

Bellefonte detective Matthew Rickard told the Centre Daily Times he’ll check in with Utah authorities, although he doesn’t think the John Doe in Utah is Gricar.

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