50 people in 50 days: Prosecutor disappeared during day off
Ray Gricar was just months from retirement when he vanished in April 2005.
January 26th, 2011
02:09 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Prosecutor disappeared during day off

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com news blog "This Just In" will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the eighth case, and it will air on HLN at 9 p.m. ET.

The disappearance of Ray Gricar is a mystery that continues to haunt the town of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

Just eight months away from retirement as a 20-year prosecutor, Gricar vanished after taking a day off from work to take a scenic drive. When he was not heard from for 12 hours, Gricar's girlfriend reported him missing on April 15, 2005.  The next day, his red and white MINI Cooper was found in an antique mall parking lot - his cell phone still in the car, but his sunglasses and keys missing.

There have been many false sightings over the last five-plus years, but nothing to fully draw police to any one of the three theories they've had since day one of Ray's disappearance: Either he walked away from his life, met with foul play, or committed suicide.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. UnitedStatesGuy

    Well this sounds like better use of her time. I can't stand more than 5 minutes of her and her ego on her other show. It's like someone simultaneously shoving ice picks into my eyes and ears when she goes over every dumb fact. I really care about someone's jail commissary. "She's eating COOKIES while her daughter is missing!?" Puke

    January 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ep canuk

    The correct way to handle this type of case is to convict her to "satisfy the law", sentence her to a $1 fine, and immediately order the conviction expunged from her record. This satisifies the law and at the same time sends a strong message to the complainants and prosecuters who abuse an already overburdened justice systems. Unfortunately the case was decided by a weak, shortsighted judge.

    January 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kim

    Has anyone missing in these report been found or any new leads?

    January 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • J. J. in Phila

      Yes, law enforcement, which has been looking at Mr. Gricar's assets think they are too low for a guy making as much as he did. http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/25/case-of-missing-pa-district-attorney-ray-gricar-baffles-police/

      January 27, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. sandy ellis

    ATTN: Greg Overzat,
    I was informed that you were going to air my missing daughter's picture {Kimberly Riley} on Nancy Grace this evening. I truly appreciate the effort. I only wish that you would choose to do a story about her as I have had no help from the authorities since the day she vanished in December 1998. I realize the amount of missing persons and my heart goes out to thieir families. Please kindly put that there is a 50,000.00 reward for my daughter this evening...thank you
    Sincerely,
    Sandy Ellis

    January 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sheron

    Is this man in Witness Protection?

    January 26, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sheron Birmingham, Alabama

    would we ever find out if he, prosecutor, was in Federal Witness Program due to the Herion case??????

    January 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. richp

    HIding the body after committing suicide can be tricky.

    January 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. darryl gonzalez

    Her "computer expert" just committed a major boo-boo. He claimed it takes a fair amount of sophistication to remove a hard drive from a laptop... I spent eight years in Technical Support for a major PC manufacturer, supporting our laptops. For most models it involved removing 1-2 screws. That's not what I call sophistication.

    You could make an argument about ERASING THE DATA on that hard drive taking a little know-how, but there ar e several good programs out there that will do it. DBAN for example.

    January 26, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sees All Evil

    A picture of the missing would make alot more sense than a picture of her.

    January 26, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jim Brieske

    He met with foul play. But this is complex. He got into someone else's car for what he expected to be quick, but whose? He knew the person. Felt safe enough not to take his phone. Once in the car, he was persuaded or possibly forced to ride to his murder location.
    jim

    January 27, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |