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    PA - Samuel Vacante, 52, Drums, 31 August 2015 *Arrest*

    Samuel J. Vacante - White / Male / 52 Years Old

    2013? White Kia Cadenza Sedan - PA Registration: JMR-9595


    Butler Township, Luzerne County, is in North-Eastern, PA.

    Day 4

    Wed., Sep. 2nd: PA Homepage© :

    http://www.pahomepage.com/news/missing-samuel-vacante :

    Includes Photo

    Butler Township Police :: 570-788-4111 :: (7 A.M. to 3 P.M.)
    http://www.butlertownship.org/services/police.html

    Awaiting:

    Height - Weight - Eye Color - Hair Color/Length/Style - Facial Hair
    Distinguishing Characteristics

    Vehicle: Confirmation of Year -- Premium or Limited Style
    Roof Color -- Sunroof?

    Also:

    http://standardspeaker.com/news/drum...sing-1.1935504
    &
    http://wnep.com/2015/09/03/police-se...an-from-drums/

    IMO: Stock Photo of Similar Vehicle:

    https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i..._eTFBgcvXV9VtA

    2014 Cadenza:

    http://www.edmunds.com/kia/cadenza/2...id=reviews-tab



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    Last edited by Richrd; 09-03-2015 at 12:47 PM. Reason: Added Link VI

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    Keep Searching ::: Day 5

    Car Recovered -- Two Homes Searched -- One Arrest

    Samuel J. Vacante - W/M/52 - Luzerne County - 31 Aug 2015

    Samuel J. Vacante - White / Male / 52 Years Old

    Butler Township, Luzerne County, is in North-Eastern, PA.

    Day 5

    Thu., Sep. 3rd: Times Leader© :

    http://timesleader.com/news/380210/s...ymiddle-school :

    Includes Photo

    PA State Police :: 570-459-3890

    Awaiting:
    Height - Weight - Eye Color
    Head Hair Color/Length/Style
    Facial Hair - Color/Style
    Distinguishing Characteristics

    Also:

    http://standardspeaker.com/news/poli...hool-1.1937060
    &
    http://wnep.com/2015/09/03/man-charg...uzerne-county/
    &
    https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/docket...R-0000328-2015
    Last edited by Richrd; 09-04-2015 at 11:39 AM.

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    This is less than a mile from where I live.

    Seems so strange when something like this happens so close by.

    Fairly rural area here although the town just up the road (Hazleton) is known to have its share of crime.

    What happened to Erica Jayne Franolich?
    Missing from Middleburgh, NY, October 1986

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    Not much out there on the disappearance of Mr. Vacante like where he was seen or who he was with.

    I think the police have an idea of what happened to him, especially given the fact that they've arrested a man who seems to be related to the disappearance in some way.

    What happened to Erica Jayne Franolich?
    Missing from Middleburgh, NY, October 1986

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    Keep Searching ::: Day 6

    Car Recovered -- Two Homes Searched* -- One Arrest**

    Samuel John Vacante - W/M/52 - Luzerne County - 31 Aug 2015

    Samuel John Vacante - White / Male / 52 Years Old

    Butler Township, Luzerne County, is in North-Eastern, PA.

    Day 6


    Fri., Sep. 4th: Republican-Herald© :

    http://m.republicanherald.com/news/p...2015-1.1937597 :

    PA State Police :: 570-459-3890

    Awaiting:
    Height - Weight - Eye Color
    Head Hair Color/Length/Style
    Facial Hair - Color/Style
    Distinguishing Characteristics

    Also:
    *http://wnep.com/2015/09/03/man-charg...uzerne-county/ :

    Searched Home on Video at 01:30 [One Minute : 30 Seconds]

    Area Map:
    *http://www.bing.com/maps/#Y3A9NDAuMD...MlMkMlMjBQQQ== :

    Zoom :: Bird's Eye View :: Rotate All 4 Directions

    Also:
    **https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/docket...R-0000328-2015
    Last edited by Richrd; 09-05-2015 at 02:34 PM.

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    Found Deceased - Victim of Homicide

    State police say the body of Samuel Vacante was found Sunday in Penn Forest Township, near Jim Thorpe in Carbon County.
    http://wnep.com/2015/09/08/troopers-...micide-victim/

    What happened to Erica Jayne Franolich?
    Missing from Middleburgh, NY, October 1986

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    State Police Investigate Homicide of Drums Man

    http://republicanherald.com/news/sta...-man-1.1939467

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    Local news facebook page posted a picture of a criminal docket showing that the suspect named in the above articles, Eleazar Yisreal, has been arrested for homicide, abuse of a corpse, etc.

    He was originally being detained on unrelated charge which I imagine was to keep a hold on him while they gathered evidence.

    https://www.facebook.com/HZTN1/photo...type=1&theater

    Interesting comments below the picture.

    ETA: I guess you have to go to the Hazleton News 1 facebook page itself to see the comments as they are below the picture and not on the picture itself.

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    Details from a press conference that was held this afternoon....

    On August 31st, Butler Township Police responded to a 911 call for a missing person identified as Samuel Vacante. This call was placed by Lisa Vacante, the estranged wife of Samuel Vacante.

    When police searched Vacante's home, they found blood on the garage floor as well as a strong smell of bleach in an apparent attempt to destroy the evidence.
    Through the investigation, it was learned that the victim's estranged wife, Lisa Vacante, had began a romantic relationship with Yisrael approximately two years prior to the homicide.
    Yisrael is the man accused of the homicide.

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    Murder Motivated By Love Triangle?

    Officials in Luzerne County held a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Police say they're not positive at this point about the motivation for the murder, but we do know that the suspect is dating the victim's estranged wife.
    http://wnep.com/2015/09/09/murder-mo...love-triangle/


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    PA - Eleazar Yisrael :: B/M/29 :: For Homicide+ :: Luzerne County :: 31 Aug 2015

    Eleazar Yisrael :: B/M/29 :: For Homicide+

    of Samuel John Vacante - White / Male / 52 Years Old


    Butler Township, Luzerne County, is in North-Eastern, PA.

    Lower Court Criminal Docket Summary:

    https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/docket...R-0000190-2015

    Pre-Trial Confinement since 9/3/2015.

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    From October:

    http://wnep.com/2015/10/07/accused-k...-county-court/

    Preliminary hearings are typically short. This one lasted seven hours and had 10 witnesses and 55 pieces of evidence.

    And the accused murder was kicked out of the court room for most of the hearing...

    Even though Yisrael's family disagreed with the evidence at the court proceeding, the magistrate thought there was enough information to send the case to trial.
    http://citizensvoice.com/news/suspic...eath-1.1954490

    Brandon Vacante said a group text sent on Aug. 31 to about 20 contacts in his father’s phone said his father was fed up with everything, he was leaving for a period of time and he would make his wife, who he was separated from, power of attorney to handle his assets...

    State police at Hazleton said Eleazar Yisrael... is accused of fatally shooting the victim in the back in his Drums home Aug. 31, then attempting to clean up the crime scene with bleach before placing the body in Samuel Vacante’s vehicle and then ditching the body in the woods in Penn Forest Township...

    The day Samuel Vacante was reported missing, court papers state, Yisrael, wearing digital-style camouflage clothing, was spotted by Butler Township police walking on South Old Turnpike Road, about two miles from the victim’s home at 1:13 a.m. Officers questioned him but found no crime committed at that point, so they let him continue on his way, which was in the direction of Coventry Lane, police wrote.

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    Prosecutors deny wrongdoing in wake of Hazleton homicide trial’s delay - August

    http://timesleader.com/news/579481/j...ted-start-date

    A dispute over evidence prompted a Luzerne County judge on Thursday to push back the court date of a Hazleton man charged with shooting another man in the back on the day the suspected killer’s trial was slated to begin, according to court officials.

    The panel will now be convened later this year, after Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough continued the trial until Dec. 5, according to court records.

    The nearly three-month delay comes a day after Yisrael’s attorneys, Allyson L. Kacmarski and Mary V. Deady, argued their defense was hampered because prosecutors failed to disclose evidence in their possession for nearly a year.

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    Jury selection this morning in Drums homicide

    http://citizensvoice.com/news/jury-s...cide-1.2126407

    The murder trial against a Hazleton man accused of fatally shooting his lover’s estranged husband got under way with jury selection Monday.

    Eleazar Yisrael, 31, of 33 W. 10th St., is accused of fatally shooting Samuel Vacante in the back in his Drums home on Aug. 31, 2015. Prosecutors allege Yisrael, who was romantically involved with Vacante’s wife, tried to clean up the crime scene with bleach before loading the body into Vacante’s vehicle and then ditching it in the woods in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County.
    The trial was set to begin in August but was delayed on the eve of jury selection after defense attorneys Allyson Kacmarski and Mary V. Deady alleged prosecutors failed to turn over surveillance video showing Yisrael pumping gas into Vacante’s vehicle the night of the slaying until last week when they also submitted a pair of camouflage pants seized from Yisrael’s home last September to be tested to determine whose blood was on the upper front pant leg.

    The untimely disclosure of the evidence left the defense ill-equipped to properly defend Yisrael and amounted to “prosecutorial misconduct,” the alleged.

    Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough found no evidence of misconduct but granted a continuance after chiding prosecutors for failing to promptly turn over the evidence.

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    Victim’s girlfriend testifies at Eleazar Yisrael’s homicide trial

    https://timesleader.com/news/613325/...homicide-trial

    A lover’s familiar voice, a commotion, then silence.

    Those were the sounds Jennifer Daley said she heard last year during a call from Samuel Vacante that would be the couple’s last. Daley’s concern for her boyfriend mounted as multiple follow up calls to Vacante’s cellphone went unanswered and others were met with a man’s garbled voice on the other end.

    “Hospital. Stitches,” the voice said during one call. “Love you,” Daley was told in the last.

    Prosecutors allege the voice didn’t belong to Vacante, but to the man who moments earlier murdered him via a rifle blast to the back. Daley, however, said she had no basis to believe the man on the other line was anyone other than her boyfriend.
    Investigators testified Tuesday that Yisrael, clad head-to-toe in digital camouflage, was spotted the morning of Vacante’s murder walking down road less than 2 miles from his home. The outfit was odd, investigators said, because it was a warm, muggy day.

    Yisrael, though “uncooperative,” told police he was out on a walk and was let go, investigators testified. The encounter piqued authorities’ interest after it was discovered the husband of Yisrael’s girlfriend had gone missing and was presumed murdered.

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