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October 6, 2006

Sister questions police progress in search for her missing brother

Mark Murincsak went missing four days ago, and his sister wonders why the search has stopped.

A team of state troopers and firefighters assembled Sunday morning and looked for the 44-year-old Slippery Rock Township man until around 5:30 p.m.

Valeria Ann Sacoulas wondered yesterday why no one has returned to Taylor Township to keep looking.

Police found his abandoned truck parked on the Shenango River Bridge on the Route 422 Bypass early Sunday with the keys on the seat.

Sacoulas wants to know why search dogs were not sent to sniff for him, and why she cannot get answers from police about why the search has stopped, she said.

Murincsak has worked at Wal-Mart two years and lives with his sister on Shaffer Road in Princeton. Sacoulas said he takes medication for bipolar disorder.

Sacoulas worries he suffered from depression after their father’s death in March.

He told her Saturday, “You’re all I have left,” she remembered.

Murincsak worked Saturday and went home around 11:15 p.m. He changed his clothes, had his usual glass of milk and cookies, and said he was going to bed. He asked Sacoulas to wake him at 8 a.m.

However, she awoke to a call at 6 a.m. from the state police, saying his truck was parked on the bridge.

She checked his room, found he was gone and drove to the area. She said police called her on her cell phone, and told her she would have to move the truck because it was a safety hazard.

Although police have not continued their search since Sunday, Sacoulas said she learned from a trooper yesterday that a helicopter had flown over the area again Monday.

The police are asking that anyone who sees Murincsak contact them at (724) 598-2211.

Station commander Lt. Thomas Hill could not be reached for comment before deadline this morning.

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