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October 6, 2006

Sister questions police progress in search for her missing brother

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Sgt. Gary Schuler, who accepted a second call from The News today, said he feels the state police are being “harassed” because a reporter and Sacoulas had called the station this morning about the case.

He said he was not involved in the case, and when told of Sacoulas’ concern about the search, he responded, “and of course you believed her, hook, line and sinker.”

He hung up the phone before offering further comment.

Sacoulas described her brother as a creature of habit. She said he wore jeans, a gray T-shirt and a navy sweatshirt to bed as he does every night, and she believes that is how he left the house. He wore black Nike tennis shoes, because they were gone from his room, she said.

The siblings have lived together five months in their late father’s house, she said, adding they grew close while caring for him during his illness. Her mother and husband also died recently.

“It’s been four days and nobody cares,” said Pam Hallas, Sacoulas’ friend of 20 years. “His whole life was his home and his job.

“She needs to know if he’s still alive or if he jumped into that water,” Hallas continued. “She can’t handle not knowing.”

Sacoulas has been in constant contact with Wal-Mart’s managers, who also are anxious for any news of him.

Bob Ridley, a Wal-Mart manager, said yesterday he has been talking to Sacoulas every two hours, and if need be, store employees will join a search to help find Murincsak.

“We all miss him and we all love him,” Ridley said, adding, “He’s a hard worker, and a friend to employees, associates and customers. “We’re waiting around here with heavy hearts. We’re all just waiting for answers.”

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