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Teen charged as adult with criminal homicide in kidnapping, death of Indiana County man

INDIANA COUNTY, Pa. — A teenager is being charged as an adult with criminal homicide in connection with the kidnapping and death of an Indiana County man in October.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, 19-year-old Hayden Robert Garreffa was found dead in a remote, wooded area of Brush Valley Township on Oct. 22 around 4 a.m.

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Indiana County Coroner Jerry Overman Jr. responded to the scene and ruled Garreffa’s death as a homicide, police said.

Police said he was reported missing from his East Wheatfield Township home on Oct. 20. Police said it was determined he died that day at around 2:30 p.m.

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Police said that after an extensive investigation, it was determined that Garreffa was kidnapped and then killed on Oct. 20.

Harmony Rhyne Hayward, 14, was originally charged as a juvenile but is now being charged as an adult.

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According to Pennsylvania State Police, Hayward is being held in a juvenile detention facility and is awaiting her preliminary hearing.

The adult suspects were identified as the following:

  • Desean Garcia Alvarez, 21; male; of Hammond, Indiana
  • Isaac Joel Buchkoski, 21; male; of Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Mia Shai Catalfano, 18; female; of Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Taylyn Nashell Edwards, 18; female; of Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Thomas Alan Rivera, 20; male; of Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Summer Isabella Settlemyer, 18; female; of Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Jesse Lee Wadsworth, 18; male; of Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Jan. 13, 2023 at 9 a.m.

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