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Search for Chambersburg man yields no new leads

March 14, 2001

Search for Chambersburg man yields no new leads



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


Police in Morgantown, W.Va., are focusing their efforts in the search for a Chambersburg man to the riverside area where his hat was recovered Tuesday.

Divers and search dogs spent most of Wednesday on the Monongahela River in the downtown Morgantown area trying to locate Justin B. Hayduk, said Cpl. Philip Scott.

At the same time, Hayduk's fraternity brothers and other friends went out in force Wednesday and spent the day plastering the city with 500 posters they had made with his picture.

The 18-year-old University of Pittsburgh student was out with friends in Morgantown late Friday and early Saturday when he was separated from them.

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No one has heard from him since 2 a.m. Saturday.

Police had no leads until Tuesday afternoon, when they found a white baseball cap with a University of Pittsburgh logo on it.

"Family and friends are fairly certain the hat we found on the riverbank belongs to him," Scott said. "We're going on that information and the possibility that he's in the river."

Wednesday's search did not yield any new leads, he said.

Divers had to contend with 37-degree water temperatures and strong currents Wednesday morning, but conditions improved in the afternoon, Scott said.

"It was very trying on the divers," Scott said.

He said the police department will continue to evaluate the investigation on a day-to-day basis and has no plans to call off the search.

"Our attitude is we will search until we find him," Scott said.

Hayduk's parents, Michael and Cheryl, and his brother, Tyler, 15, live in Chambersburg.

Michael Hayduk said he spent Wednesday in Morgantown and was appreciative of the commitment of the police department and the rescue efforts.

"I can only express my gratitude for the fine support and commitment the Morgantown Police Department has shown us as a family. I feel I have a family there in Morgantown no matter what happens," he said.

Hayduk is a 2000 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School and a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was home on spring break and was to resume classes Monday.

Hayduk had driven his parents' van to Morgantown Friday with a friend and was to return home Saturday.

After becoming separated from him, Hayduk's friends waited at Towers Hall, a residence hall at West Virginia University, for him to show up early Saturday. When he didn't appear, they went to bed expecting he would turn up, Scott said.

When he failed to return home Saturday afternoon, his father called the friends, who by then were searching Morgantown for him. Several hours later, the friends contacted police.

Hayduk is a white male, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing about 140 pounds with brown hair and eyes. He was last seen wearing a University of Pittsburgh baseball cap, a tan vest over a plaid shirt and jeans.

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