Police: Man withheld information

Suspect did not disclose knowledge about two missing men right away, authorities say

EBENSBURG — A South Fork man faces a felony charge of hindering an investigation for not immediately disclosing information about two area men who have been missing since March 26.

Landon D. Reighard, 33, no fixed address, was arrested late last week for refusing to provide information about 19-year-old Damian M. Staniszewski of Duncansville and 32-year-old James E. Smith of Portage, who were last seen at Smith’s home March 26.

Early this month, police released few details about the duo’s disappearance, but investigators called the situation suspicious.

“It’s a very active investigation, and additional details … are being kept to a minimum,” state police Trooper Cliff Greenfield told the Mirror in early April.

According to a criminal complaint filed by state police, Reighard was interviewed April 1 and “failed to disclose any information involving the whereabouts” of the missing men.

Reighard was again interviewed Friday, when he “provided relevant information in regards to the last known whereabouts” of the men.

No details about the information were included in the complaint.

Reighard was arraigned via video late Friday night and was lodged in Cambria County Prison unable to post 10 percent of $150,000 cash bail, online court documents show.

He is to appear for a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. May 2 before Magisterial District Judge Frederick Creany.

A vehicle Staniszewski drove was found at 3 a.m. March 28 in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, but the two men remain missing.

Police have previously asked anyone with information about the men to call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward, police said.

Staniszewski is 6-foot-1 and 160 pounds. He has brown, curly, shoulder-length hair, brown eyes and was last seen in a hooded sweatshirt, cap and black sneakers.

Smith is 6 feet tall and 160 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.


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