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  •  well, it's not closed (5+ / 0-)

    They'd still like to figure out why and how he died.  The declaration does have certain legal effects:

    A Centre County judge has ruled that the fruitless efforts of law enforcement to find the missing former prosecutor are enough evidence to legally declare him deceased.

    That means his family can start distributing his estate and his county pension will be paid to his beneficiary.

    But Bellefonte police -- and a task force of officers including some from the FBI -- won't stop trying to solve the mystery.

    Gricar vanished April 15, 2005, after taking a day off work as the Centre County district attorney. His red Mini Cooper was found abandoned in a Lewisburg parking lot, and his county laptop and hard drive were found in the nearby Susquehanna River, too badly damaged to be read. Gricar was 59, and just about eight months away from retirement.

    Pennsylvania law allows for missing people to be declared dead after seven years, but a judge can rule to have it happen faster if the family petitions. In this case, Gricar's daughter, Lara, who lives in Washington state and is her father's sole heir, petitioned the court earlier this month.

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