Ray Gricar on the radio

I heard Ray Gricar mentioned on the radio today, though not by name. The two morning show guys were talking about the scandal that just lead to the firing of Penn State’s president and athletic director. I don’t know all the details but it had something to do with some alleged sexual abuse that the D.A. — Gricar — was investigating. But then he vanished off the face of the earth, and no one picked up the investigation where he left off, so the case stagnated and no charges have been filed to this day.

So the two radio hosts spent a few seconds talking about his disappearance and the strangeness of it. I had half a mind to call in and tell them about the Charley Project and how Gricar’s on there, but I didn’t.

8 thoughts on “Ray Gricar on the radio

  1. Kristen November 10, 2011 / 9:50 am

    Very interesting! Considering they found his hard drive destroyed in the lake but no body, I wouldn’t be surprised if he found himself a new identity and walked away from his life. Maybe he found it would be too difficult to enjoy retirement with so many potential enemies around.

  2. Jaime November 10, 2011 / 10:05 am

    Different news organizatins have done stories on how Gricar didnt file charges on Sandusky for sexually assaulting one of the boys I believe in the Penn State sex abuse scandal.

  3. Princess Shantae November 10, 2011 / 11:15 am

    I think he killed himself but wanted to leave a big mystery behind him so he left a fake trail behind him. Somebody as famous as he was in his area wouldn’t be able to completely make a new identity for himself for very long.

  4. Kat November 10, 2011 / 5:37 pm

    Finding all this very interesting. A few days ago I had never even heard a peep about the connection. Now it is headline news. I wonder if this could all have come to a head back in 2005 instead of now. I’m sure Charley will be on the news now too! Quite frankly, I’m hearing way more about Joe Paterno than I am about Jerry Sandusky, and that is kind of wrong. Before anyone thinks anything, I live in south central PA and my daughter’s bf goes to Penn State. We are DROWNING in this stuff here. The golf course up the road from me named its restaurant JoePa’s. I’m going to cruise on by and see if that billboard is still standing.

  5. Princess Shantae November 10, 2011 / 9:48 pm

    I feel kinda like Coach Joe is getting a bad deal. He did wrong and he should be accountable for it, but he told his superiors what he was told and I bet he did it expecting that they would do what they were supposed to do adn not try to brush it under the rug and out the door. He should have followed up, but he should not have had to. They should have let him resign at the end of the season like he said he would, but its like they fired him b/c he’s Penn State’s most well known person. He should pay for his sins, but not his bosses. Up till now he had a very good reputation and was very respected and loved.
    Off topic: the Channel 11 sports guy is named Gerry Sandusky. He does Ravens radio announcing too. He’s having a bad time with this, getting hate mail and stupid jokes, and everytime he does the sports he has to say Jerry Sandusky’s name. Now he has to make sure he says Gerry with a G.

  6. Tracey Reitterer November 11, 2011 / 3:10 am

    I’m going to throw 2 theories out there and I hope no one takes offense, but considering what’s come out in the news this week, both are very real possibilities.

    Ray Gricar was either murdered, or committed suicide – and either way, it all ties into this entire Penn State mess.

    The press only seems to be tagging his name to the story as an after-thought, but I have a feeling it’s about to become a HUGE Federal investigation. For those who haven’t read the 23 page Grand Jury report, prepare to be nauseated. These weren’t just “rumored allegations of shenanigans”, they were multiple siting’s and corroborated reports of nearly a dozen adults with knowledge of a sexual predator molesting and raping very young kids. All of it was kept internal and swept under the rug for years.

    Pay close attention to pages 18- 20 of the report concerning Victim #6. University police detective Ronald Schreffler had evidence on Sandusky’s actions with that 11 year old boy, yet, Schreffler was told to close the investigation by campus police director Thomas Harmon. Is it any wonder Gricar decided not to file criminal charges??

    Considering the fall out this week and what’s still to come as far as destroyed careers, ruined reputations and pending charges, it’s quite possible Ray was threatened. His decision not to prosecute had already been made, but he had knowledge of what went on at that University. The Antiques dealer who saw him that last day before going missing said Ray looked to be waiting for someone. The cigarette ashes in his car tells us he probably did. Perhaps he offered his company issued laptop to that person and told them he knew how to destroy hard drive’s, (as evident by his home computer) so that person would believe he would go no further with the case, but that person killed him anyway to ensure Ray would never talk.

    Or – he couldn’t live with the knowledge of what he knew to be true amid a huge cover-up, so he killed himself like his brother. Just because his body hasen’t surfaced yet doesn’t mean it’s not suicide.

    I don’t see a man with his integrity hurting his fiance’ and daughter by running off with a new identity, but after experiencing suicide in the family, I can see a private man like him internalizing a problem of THIS magnitude taking the same way out as his brother, especially considering the public shame and humiliation it would have brought upon him and his family.

    Even more likely, I see him being murdered because of what he knew 😦

    Click to access grand-jury-report.pdf

    • Meaghan November 11, 2011 / 5:02 pm

      I’m inclined to the suicide theory myself, though not because of his job. I think he killed himself for the same reason most people do: he was depressed. Two reasons:

      1. As you noted, his brother disappeared under very similar circumstances and was found to have suicided.
      2. Ray was sleeping excessively, to the point where his girlfriend thought he needed medical attention. Often when men are severely depressed they don’t go around moping but instead have physical symptoms like aches and pains and excessive sleeping, or insomnia.

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