• Search for missing AGH nurse, 22, continues during holiday


    PITTSBURGH - There was no break in the search for a missing 22-year-old last seen at his residence on Pittsburgh’s South Side during the holiday.

    Channel 11’ Jennifer Tomazic learned Friday that Paul Kochu’s sister came back to Pittsburgh to search for him after the family spoke with psychics about where he may have been the night he vanished.

    Kochu, a nurse at Allegheny General Hospital, was last seen during the early morning hours on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at his home on Wharton Street, but there have been many smaller searches happening since then, even on the holiday. 

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    Kochu’s father, Jack Kochu, told Tomazic over the phone Friday that his daughter, Jessica Kochu, and her uncle came back to Pittsburgh to look for him on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day. 

    Jack Kochu said they spent 30 hours looking at places like the Heritage Trail.

    “Jessica had been in touch with some friends with psychic abilities in California, and they suggested a few places to go but it turned up nothing,” said Jack Kochu.

    Jack Kochu said he recently learned that his son and his roommates would often walk from their apartment on Wharton Street to the GetGo on South 18th Street to get food late at night. 

    “I would have to think maybe this is where he was headed when this happened, and he just vanished,” said Jack Kochu. 

    Pittsburgh police have not offered any updates on their investigation.

    “I know that they're looking for surveillance (video), but I don't know if they're looking at surveillance. I'm not sure if it's surfaced yet,” said Jack Kochu. Jack Kochu said he never thought his responsible son would go missing like this. 

    Paul Kochu graduated from Duquesne in the spring and stayed in Pittsburgh to pursue his dream job as a nurse at Allegheny General Hospital.  

    Many of the friends he made at both places have been offering a lot of help to the Kochus during this difficult time. 

    “We'd like to thank everyone for their prayers, support and thoughts,” said Jack Kochu.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact 911 or 412-323-7141.


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