Family determined to bring missing South Side man home

Family determined to bring missing South Side man home

PITTSBURGH — Family and friends remain determined to find Paul Kochu, the Allegheny General Hospital nurse who disappeared more than three weeks ago.

Kochu, 22, was last seen at his South Side home in December. Ever since, his family has been searching for answers to his disappearance.

Every week, family members have been in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, one of Kochu's cousin's continued search efforts.

Channel 11's Jennifer Tomazic talked to Kochu's cousin, Kraig McLaughin, who has traveled to Pittsburgh every week from New Jersey.

McLaughin, a firefighter and EMT, said he wants closure for his family.

"This is a tragedy for our family. It's now time to bring Paul home, however that may be," he said.

Surveillance video placed Kochu on Wharton Street in the early morning hours of Dec. 16. He was seen walking past the Giant Eagle, located down the street from where he lives.

On Thursday, McLaughin focused part of his search in the Monongahela River.

"As you can see, it's partly frozen, so the water isn't going to flow as it normally would. We'd be looking for disturbances in piers, bridges or anything else like that, bumps in the water," he said. "If anybody has any boats, or anything else like that, that could help us out with searches, we would greatly appreciate it."

Authorities said they have no updates in Kochu's disappearance. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

"We're holding hope and we're going to hold hope until we bring Paul home," said McLaughin.