George Allen Keith- Pennsylvania- 1999 Dec 9, 2014 10:52:12 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Dec 9, 2014 10:52:12 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: crimewatchpa.com)
Fugitive Profile as of December 9th, 2014 (Based on PA Crime Stoppers website, US Marshals wanted poster):
AKA: George Keith, George A. Keith, Snuffy, Keith, Jake Keith,
Race: White or Hispanic/White
Weight: 160 lbs.
Eyes: Hazel, Wears Glasses
Tattoos: Left Forearm "CUCA", Right Forearm "Maria", Right Wrist "Star".
Who to call if you've seen him: 1-800-4-PA-TIPS or US Marshals Service 1-877-WANTED-2
Crime Stoppers PA description:
The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop E, Warren, continue their search for George Allen Keith who is wanted for Escape. On December 21, 1999, at approximately 1:10 p.m., George walked away from the Warren State Hospital. The institution is located along State Route 62, Conewago Township, Warren County. George Keith was permitted to be outside of the building by himself, but was not permitted to leave the grounds of the hospital.
In 1975, George Keith was tried for the Criminal Homicide of a 12 year old girl in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity at the time and was committed to Farview State Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania, area. George Keith was later transferred to Warren State Hospital in 1982. where he remained a patient until the time of his escape.
George Allen Keith may be using the first name of Jake or Snuffy. He has contacts in Conneatville, Crawford County, and family in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
Additional Notes from other articles:
-Keith claimed to be a Vietnam war veteran who thought his victim- Tracy Stetler, was a Viet Cong woman carrying a homemade bomb. Stetler was walking home from her local YMCA, carrying a raspberry-flavored soda, wearing jeans and sneakers. The can of soda was apparently what Keith visualized as a potential homemade bomb. The story was apparently brought since he wound up in a mental hospital.
-There is a hole in his military records and it is possible, though not proven, that Keith spent time in special forces in Vietnam.
-State Troopers are split on whether Keith is still alive. When Keith walked away from the facility there were blizzard-like conditions outside. A State Trooper interviewed believes that while Keith had the intelligence and had the means and intelligence to flee to Mexico, or if he really did have special forces training, could have had the know how to stay on the run, he still is leaning towards Keith being dead.
-Ray Gricar, who wound up taking up the case, is most well-known as the District Attorney who declined to prosecute Jerry Sandusky in 1998. Gricar mysteriously disappeared in 2005 and was declared legally dead in 2011. His disappearance was profiled on America's Most Wanted's website.
Thoughts? I should note that some of the articles below describe how Keith killed Tracy (there is an anonymous comment that claims he raped Tracy before killing her on one site, this has now been confirmed based on a US Marshals wanted poster). The Sara Ganim article which is the third link below is an EXCELLENT article if you want to read further.
What bothers me is the lack of media attention on this case. When we profiled the case of Eric Wyatt, an escaped mental patient from Seattle where the public was not alerted until a week later, I was livid. So if I was mad about that, you can imagine how furious I am that despite the escape initially making local area papers, Keith really has not been talked about much since. I really don't know why it was never profiled on AMW. Keith didn't disappear when The Hunt was on and they only did 1 or 2 cases (no disrespect to The Hunt, just saying their case load would have been less). He disappeared during a time when a fugitive show would some times show 50 fugitives in one single episode.
And I've said it before and said it again, there are many signs that a fugitive might be dead, but we can't take that chance. I think Tyrom Theis is dead for example, but because his body is not yet found, his case should still be investigated until it's proven he's no longer alive. Is it possible Keith's body decomposed in that vast wooded area after his escape? Sure. However, Keith is also an escaped mental patient who killed a 12-year old girl, and may have raped er as well. We can't let this case go by the wayside. We need to find out what happened to Keith, one way or the other. He could still be a danger.
UPDATE: As of July 29th, 2018, Keith is still listed on the U.S. Marshals website as one of their most wanted fugitives out of the Western District of Pennsylvania: www.usmarshals.gov/district/pa-w/fugitives/index.html
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