State police find missing Latrobe woman's burned-out car in park

State police find missing Latrobe woman's burned-out car in park

LATROBE, Pa. — The vehicle belonging to a missing Westmoreland County woman was found burned in a park, according to state police.

Cassandra Edlyn Gross, 51, from Edgewater Village in Latrobe, was reported missing Tuesday, three days after her mother last heard from her.

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State police said Gross’ Mitsubishi Outlander was found near railroad tracks in Twin Lakes Park on Tuesday evening.

A Norfolk Southern Railroad employee called police after seeing the charred vehicle in a wooded area near the train tracks.

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Family and friends are thinking the worst.

"I think something bad has happened to her," said Kathie Gross, her mother.

She told Channel 11 her daughter's phone was dead the day after she spoke to her and she got increasingly worried when Cassandra's father went by her house Monday morning to let the dog out.

"When he went over at 10 a.m., she wasn't there and the dog wasn't there, and that's not like her to not call and say, 'I'm taking the dog, I'm taking the day off,'" her mother said.

"Her dog was found loose on the side of the road in Beatty and she would never be anywhere without the dog," Kathie Gross said.

She told Channel 11 she thinks a man her daughter dated may know more about the disappearance, claiming he stalked her and made constant threats.

"I know he did something to her," Kathie Gross said. "She wouldn't get a PFA because he said he had a hit list and he would kill her."

State police urge anyone with information about the missing woman to call 911.