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Investigators search cemetery for missing Latrobe woman

UNITY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Crews searched a Westmoreland County cemetery in the case of a missing Latrobe woman, Cassandra Gross.

Sources told Channel 11 news reporter Melanie Marsalko search and rescue crews were at Unity Cemetery searching for clues in the disappearance of Gross.

"Anything that could be some type of evidence that could help us to determine if she was in this area, if she's alive or not alive, or any evidence that can help us," said Trooper Steve Limani, of the Pennsylvania State Police's troop in Greensburg.

Gross, 51, was reported missing April 10.  State police found her charred vehicle in a wooded area later that day.

Picture of Cassandra Gross.  She was reported missing by her family. (4/18/18)

State police tell Channel 11 about 30 people from Professional Searchers Rapid Response Services out of Ohio, along with Westmoreland Fire and Rescue personnel searched the area.

There were also two cadaver dogs available to assist in the search.

State police have not said what specifically led them back to this area.


The cemetery is near the home of the mother of Thomas Stanko, Gross’ estranged boyfriend. Stanko has not been named a suspect in her disappearance.

Meanwhile,  Stanko was in court this Monday on charges stemming from a bar fight in 2017 where Gross is said to be the key witness in the case.