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Mother still seeks answers in son's death

July 15, 2009 News Extra

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FORWARD TWP — While the rough edges of heartbreak have smoothed slightly in 15 years, Ailive Rausch is as intent on identifying the person responsible for her son's death as she was on July 17, 2002.

Rausch's son, Scott Fosnaught, and his friend Shawn Baur, both 15, were found on Cashdollar Road in the early morning hours on that date.

Fosnaught already was dead of upper body injuries. Baur was found alive near Fosnaught, but he died later of head injuries.

The pair of Seneca Valley classmates had been at a gathering at a friend's home before spending the evening at a nearby pond. They were apparently walking to Baur's home on Watters Station Road when injured.

A motorist spotted the boys on the road and called 911.

Police at the time of the incident thought the boys may have been hit by a car that fled the scene. However, no evidence at the scene pointed to a vehicle strike causing Fosnaught's upper body injuries or Baur's head wounds.

The thought that someone has gotten away with the crime that has deprived her son of turning 31 on July 25 has haunted Rausch, who has since remarried and moved to Moon Township, Allegheny County.

Rausch said a candlelight vigil will be held at 6 p.m. on Cashdollar Road on Monday to mark the 15th anniversary of the boys' deaths and to remember their lives.

Her goal in holding the vigil also is to kick up awareness of the murders so that someone who has information will call the state police. “This isn't going away no matter how many years it's been,” Rausch said.

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