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Police still seek suspect in year-old shooting death

January 11, 2014 News Extra

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The unsolved slaying of a Butler County mechanic one year ago has state police bothered but unbowed in their hunt for his killer.

“It remains open and active,” said Sgt. Patrick Sarnese. “We’re still doing so much with it on a regular basis.”

Robert C. “Bob” Gaurrich, 45, was gunned down Jan. 11, 2013, at Bob’s Truck and Auto Repair Service, a business he operated on Route 68 in Forward Township for several years.

His body was found face down behind the building he rented for the truck garage.

“The family doesn’t know who could have done this,” said Gayle Blackwood of Franklin Township, Gaurrich’s sister. “There’s no rhyme or reason why anyone would do that to him.”

Trooper Joshua Anderson, the lead investigator, admits police can’t answer the family’s questions or ease its pain.

“By all accounts, he was a likable man,” Anderson said. “Everybody tells us he had no enemies.”

Since the killing, investigators have done dozens of interviews with relatives, friends and associates of Gaurrich, amassed physical evidence and completed forensic testing.

What police don’t have are witnesses, an apparent motive or the murder weapon.

But Anderson said, “We’ll continue to pursue every avenue and every lead we can come up with. This case remains a priority.”

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