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    PA - Ray Gricar, 59, Bellefonte, 15 April 2005 - #5

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    Thanks, Christine.

    JJ, I didn't realize he was with his first wife when there was an incident about him just going to a ballgame. Like I said, someone had him under their thumb at that point, at least.

    I have never seen a photo of his ex wife to know what she looks like, but I have seen photos of Patti. For her age, an attractive lady, from what I could tell. She seemed petite, dark haired, that's about all I remember.

    Regarding the car, the Mini is a stand out model of car in most of the USA. I notice Minis in Dallas. That's what I meant more than " expensive and flashy". It's really neither. A former boyfriend of mine bought a red Corvette with a personalized license plate that said Bbbbad ( from the song Bad To The Bone)- he was a cop having a mid-life crisis. That's an example of flash.
    The Mini Cooper is merely standout because of its size and shape among other cars and because there were so few of them on the road at that time, especially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeekingJana View Post
    Thanks, Christine.

    JJ, I didn't realize he was with his first wife when there was an incident about him just going to a ballgame. Like I said, someone had him under their thumb at that point, at least.
    It was his second wife, I'll abbreviate her as EG, because she hasn't been identified in most of the press stories. His first wife was Barbara Gray, who lives in State College and is Lara's mother.

    I have never seen a photo of his ex wife to know what she looks like, but I have seen photos of Patti. For her age, an attractive lady, from what I could tell. She seemed petite, dark haired, that's about all I remember.
    I have not either, but I've heard some descriptions.

    Ms. Fornicola is by no means ugly, but she isn't a tall blond supermodel type either. She's maybe 5'6" with short black hair. She's not fat, but not skinny, either. And, while she does not look old, she didn't look like she was in early 20's either. I wouldn't describe her as a trophy wife/girlfriend type. Attractive, but not stunning. When I finally found her photo, I must admit to being surprised.

    That's what I meant more than " expensive and flashy". It's really neither.
    I know what you mean, but it's hard to characterize. It wasn't an economy car, but it was not a Corvette either. If you didn't know him, and I didn't, you'd kind of ask me what kind of a car I'd expect a 59 year old Republican DA would drive, a Mini Cooper would not come to mind.

    Those people who actually know him didn't find anything odd in him buying the Mini and didn't think it was a midlife crisis.

    And my thanks to Christine as well.

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    The most commonly accepted reasons for Ray Gricar's disapparence are:

    1) He was abducted and murdered.
    2) He left of his own accord to start a new life.
    3) He committed suicide.

    I think all of those are possible as I just do not know what happened to him.

    However, there is also the remote possibility that he simply went for a walk in the woods and keeled over with a stroke, heart attack, or something of the like. It does happen to even otherwise healthy people. After all, FloJo died in her sleep and she was not too many years removed from being an Olympic champion. I know it's highly unlikely, but I think it is a possibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Airplane View Post
    The most commonly accepted reasons for Ray Gricar's disapparence are:

    1) He was abducted and murdered.
    2) He left of his own accord to start a new life.
    3) He committed suicide.

    I think all of those are possible as I just do not know what happened to him.

    However, there is also the remote possibility that he simply went for a walk in the woods and keeled over with a stroke, heart attack, or something of the like. It does happen to even otherwise healthy people. After all, FloJo died in her sleep and she was not too many years removed from being an Olympic champion. I know it's highly unlikely, but I think it is a possibility.

    If it was the woods (and there are some wooded areas in a park around where the Mini was found) the body would been found long ago.

    It is possible that he had a health problem or accident and fell into the river, but why hasn't the body been found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J. J. in Phila View Post
    If it was the woods (and there are some wooded areas in a park around where the Mini was found) the body would been found long ago.

    It is possible that he had a health problem or accident and fell into the river, but why hasn't the body been found.
    The body might not have been found. Look at how long it took them to find Chandra Levy and she was in a park. It would have been possible for him to walk a couple of miles or more in any direction, cross the road, or any number of things that could keep him well hidden for a very long time. I realize that's it's highly unlikely, but I think it is a possibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J. J. in Phila View Post
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    This is incredibly shocking! Unfortunately, the link isn't working for me to be able to read it!

    I don't find it too shocking, just interesting...

    Mr. Gricar expressed an interest in making the drive unreadable a long time before he was planning to retire; the accounts make it look like a about a year prior to retirement. What is interesting is that he expressed this interest and the drive ended up unreadable and that he expressed this interest well before he disappeared.
    This is exactly what I meant when I said that this is incredibly shocking to me. Wanting to know how to erase a hard drive is not mysterious. In conjunction with all of the other things we now know, it becomes very mysterious, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seekingjana View Post
    i also believe that many people live lives of quiet desperation because they lack the courage to walk away from a life that is lacking and pursue their passions, whatever and whoever those passions may be.
    Amen!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airplane View Post
    The body might not have been found. Look at how long it took them to find Chandra Levy and she was in a park. It would have been possible for him to walk a couple of miles or more in any direction, cross the road, or any number of things that could keep him well hidden for a very long time. I realize that's it's highly unlikely, but I think it is a possibility.
    They did use both blood hounds and a cadaver dog, with little luck. The dogs discovered Mr. Gricar's scent in the parking lot, but that's about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J. J. in Phila View Post
    They did use both blood hounds and a cadaver dog, with little luck. The dogs discovered Mr. Gricar's scent in the parking lot, but that's about it.
    I think it's about as likely that he went for a walk and keeled over as it is that he committed suicide. Possible, yes. Probable, no. The suicide theory is about as probable as the went for walk and keeled over theory. They're both remotely possible, but simply not very likely.
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    why is this thread in the located section if he has not been located?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airplane View Post
    I think it's about as likely that he went for a walk and keeled over as it is that he committed suicide. Possible, yes. Probable, no. The suicide theory is about as probable as the went for walk and keeled over theory. They're both remotely possible, but simply not very likely.
    The big question is, why no body. Possibly it was in the river, but that is still unlikely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reb View Post
    why is this thread in the located section if he has not been located?
    The forum contains both missing & located threads, (title = Missing/Located Forum Discussion). I've never really understood why missing & located are combined in this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airplane View Post
    I think it's about as likely that he went for a walk and keeled over as it is that he committed suicide. Possible, yes. Probable, no. The suicide theory is about as probable as the went for walk and keeled over theory. They're both remotely possible, but simply not very likely.

    I give suicide about a 9% chance, murder 44%, walkaway 46%. I give about 1% for "everything else," including an accident.

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    [quote=J. J. in Phila;2820951]If it was the woods (and there are some wooded areas in a park around where the Mini was found) the body would been found long ago.

    It is possible that he had a health problem or accident and fell into the river, but why hasn't the body been found.[/quote]


    IMO If he fell into the river on the day he disappeared he may never be found because, IIRC, the river was running high and rapid due to the recent heavy rains. Although a river search was done, a body could have been snagged or hung up on underwater obstacles. We had a local incident last spring when a fisherman disappeared. Because of the rains the creek was running a little high and fast. His body was passed several times by searchers until someone just happened to catch a glance between rocks. He was almost 7 miles from where he went in. But, unfortunately, I don't think that is what happened.

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