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Police hope sketch will help to solve post office killing

September 30, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

It's been three months, three weeks and four days since 43-year-old Cathy Crissy was found dying in the lobby of the Hedgesville Post Office, her body and neck marred with stab wounds, her purse still on her shoulder.

Since then, police have been tracking down leads and conducting interviews in the investigation, said West Virginia State Trooper Dean Olack.

Nobody has been arrested.

Police hope a sketch released of a man who may have seen something, and who is also being considered as a possible suspect, will help.

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A witness who stopped by the post office within 15 minutes of Crissy's body being found saw the man near a red car, possibly a Dodge Neon, Olack said. The man was in his car when the witness arrived at the post office, and was still there when the witness left.

Olack declined to release the witness' name or gender for fear of reprisal.

The man officers are seeking is white, with collar-length hair and a full goatee. He had shorter hair on the rest of his face and high cheekbones, Olack said. The witness was not sure whether the man was wearing a hat, Olack said, so the artist drew nothing on top of the man's head.

First the witness sat down with police as they tried to put together a computerized composite, but the witness was not satisfied with the result. The witness then sat down with an artist, who drew the sketch police released, Olack said.

Other evidence, including possible DNA found under the victim's fingernails and a knife found near Crissy, is still waiting to be processed at a laboratory, Olack said.

A post office patron called 911 at 9:12 p.m. June 4 after finding Crissy in the lobby. Medics rushed her to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., where she was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m.

Crissy had two children, a 4-year-old boy and a 16-year-old daughter, her mother, Peggy Wagner, previously said.

Crissy moved from Hagerstown to the Hedgesville area about two years ago, Wagner said.

Olack said police don't believe robbery was a motive for the killing. Although they cannot be certain, officers do not believe anything was taken from Crissy's purse, he said.

Crissy had gone to the post office to mail some letters, Olack said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the state police barrack at 1-304-267-0001.

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