Police searching for gun belonging to murder victim

HOLLIDAYSBURG – State police are searching for a missing handgun registered to a man killed in a December shooting spree in Geeseytown.

After Dec. 21, when Jeffrey Lee Michael killed three neighbors and died in a shootout with police, the family of one of the victims, William H. “Bill” Rhodes, reported that his .44-caliber Sturm, Ruger & Co. revolver had disappeared, police said.

“They can’t find it. There

doesn’t seem to be a record of sale or transfer,” state police Trooper Craig Grassmyer said Monday.

Michael shot Rhodes, 38, to death after crashing into his truck on Juniata Valley Road in Frankstown Township. Michael killed two other people that day, including Rhodes’ father-in-law, 60-year-old Kenneth Lynn.

Grassmyer said police investigated whether Rhodes, who had a permit to carry the loaded pistol in his truck, had returned fire before his death. There’s no evidence to indicate he did, Grassmyer said.

Police tore the truck apart searching for the revolver but found nothing. It remains missing three months after the killings, he said.

“Perhaps he gave it to somebody or put it away prior to hunting season,” Grassmyer said.

State police at Hollidaysburg have asked anyone with information about the gun to call them at 696-6100.