The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 24, 2013

DA: Dogs hitting spots in search for body

Associated Press

HUNTINGDON — Cadaver dogs have hit on points of interest at a central Pennsylvania hunting camp where investigators believe a woman missing since 1999 is buried, though the search for her remains continued, a prosecutor said.

Kenneth Leighty, 65, of Altoona, owns the land in Warriors Mark Township in Huntingdon County, where crews have been searching for his former daughter-in-law’s remains since Saturday.

Leighty has not been charged in the disappearance of Sherry Jean Leighty, but search warrant affidavits make clear that state police and Huntingdon County investigators believe he’s involved in her disappearance, in part because he was the last person to see her alive in 1999.

Leighty waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday on charges including aggravated assault for allegedly attacking police who tried to question him about the case at his home last week.

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