New Castle News

October 3, 2006

Search for missing man comes up empty

Police conducted a fruitless search yesterday for a missing man whose truck had been found on a Taylor Township bridge.

As of this morning, 44-year-old Mark Murincsak of 935 Shaffer Road still had not been found.

State police said the man’s sister had last seen him at 11 p.m. Saturday. His truck was found on the Shenango River Bridge on the Route 422 Bypass, around 5:30 a.m. yesterday.

Taylor Township Fire Chief Dave Allegro said 15 volunteer fire department members assisted in the search.

He said the police believe Murincsak may have jumped into the river, because his keys were still inside the truck.

Police initiated a search around 6:30 a.m. with helicopters and the Taylor Township Volunteer Fire Department. Allegro said no dogs were used.

However, a state police helicopter flew over the area to try to locate Murincsak.

The search was difficult because the river was high from the recent rainfalls, Allegro said, and police called it off around 4:30 p.m. yesterday.

Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of Murincsak is asked to call the state police at (724) 598-2211.