Assistance in searching property of murder suspect yielded key evidence
Two Wildlife Conservation Officers of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s northeast region recently received Letters of Commendation from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) for uncovering evidence during a murder investigation near Saylorsburg in October 2016.
Game Commission Northeast Region Law Enforcement Supervisor Mark Rutkowski and Monroe County Wildlife Conservation Bryan Mowrer received the recognition at a recent ceremony in held in Lehigh County.
Rutkowski and Mowrer assisted state police search a wooded area around the home of murder suspect Michael Horvath, Saylorsburg, in connection to the disappearance of Holly Ann Grim. Grim was last seen near her residence in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, in November 2013.
The officers were credited with discovering human bones that would “change the course of the investigation” according to Lieutenant Joseph F. Sokolofski, lead investigator and Commander, Criminal Investigation Section, PSP Troop M, Bethlehem. Their initial discovery would lead to an excavation of the property that unearthed nearly 100 bones belonging to the victim.
A subsequent search of the residence yielded hundreds of additional items to suggest that Horvath stalked, kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and murdered Grim. Horvath is currently in prison awaiting trial for murder.
“You are both to be commended for your actions and have distinguished yourselves as consummate professionals that are assets to your agency and profession,” said Sokolofski.