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Can the Missing DA Case Be Solved?

This is a partial transcript from "On the Record," May 4, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: At this hour, a desperate search is still under way for a missing Pennsylvania prosecutor. Ray Gricar (search) has not been heard from since he went for a drive on April 15. Where is he and was he the victim of foul play? Joining us from Seattle is Ray Gricar’s daughter, Laura Gricar. Laura, I suppose that the police have not given you any sort of information or update to suggest that they’re closer to solving this. Is that right?

LAURA GRICAR, MISSING DA’s DAUGHTER: That’s correct. There’s no new information at this point.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, so let’s back up. The last he was known to be heard from was about 11:30 on Friday, April 15, when he had a phone call with his girlfriend.

GRICAR: That’s correct.

VAN SUSTEREN: When did you last speak to him?

GRICAR: I spoke to him Thursday morning on my way to school. I called him.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did he say anything unusual, or was it the same old, same old father to you, I mean, nothing to tip you off that there might be a problem?

GRICAR: No, not at all. In fact, I just called to say my regular "I love you," and he said, I love you, too, sweetie. He sounded very upbeat, and I didn’t sense anything out of the ordinary.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. So 11:30 the next day, he calls his girlfriend, says he’s going for a drive. Do you know how long they spoke on Friday?

GRICAR: I think it was a very brief conversation. He stated the direction that he was headed and that he wouldn’t be home to let the dog out.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. What time was he supposed to be home to let the dog out?

GRICAR: For lunch, I believe. I’m not completely certain.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. His car was found in Pennsylvania (search) the next day, on Saturday, and they’ve had traces of ashes in the car. Is that of any significance to you?

GRICAR: Yes. My father was a non-smoker and would not have allowed anybody with a cigarette in his vehicle.

VAN SUSTEREN: Were the ashes enough so that it wasn’t simply being dragged in on someone’s shoes or dropped off on clothes, do you know?

GRICAR: I get the feeling that it was a significant amount, but I’m really not certain on those facts, either.

VAN SUSTEREN: Have there been any — I know that that Saturday, there was a sighting in the mall. Have there been any other sightings?

GRICAR: Not to my knowledge, nothing that we’re, you know, taking very seriously, I don’t think.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. His cell phone was in the car. It was a county-issued cell phone. Laptop missing. Was that a personal laptop?

GRICAR: No, that was a work laptop.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you have any idea — you know, is he the kind of guy who would misplace a laptop?

GRICAR: No, my father was very detailed, and I doubt he would misplace it.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. So basically, he has vanished into thin air, as of at least the 15th or 16th of April. So Laura, what do you think happened? What’s your theory?

GRICAR: That’s a tough question. I have a lot of mixed feelings at this point, and I can say that I’m definitely leaning away from depression because to me, my father didn’t seem depressed or have any, you know, significant signs of depression. However, I’m still open to everything. But I guess I’m thinking possibly foul play or that maybe he’s still out there. I’m not really certain.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. In terms of foul play — I mean, I’ve actually walked the area and I’ve seen the water. And it’s actually sort of a complicated place. If you’re going to commit suicide in the water, that’s not an easy place to do it, which is — you know, you would think that he’d find an easier one, if that’s it. But of course, you never know. But in terms of foul play, what’s your theory on that?

GRICAR: Well, as a prosecutor, he dealt with a lot of criminals, so I need to be very open to that. And it just seems like a very possible reason to his disappearance at this point.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did he ever get any threats, any phone calls at home?

GRICAR: The thing is with my dad, is he wouldn’t have discussed that with anybody. So if he did, he would not have let the family know.

VAN SUSTEREN: And any other clues leading any other direction, other than he just seems to have vanished into thin air?

GRICAR: You know, there really is nothing at this point. We’re taking all the leads, you know, and tips seriously and — but there’s just nothing else to say at this point.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, Laura. Well, we’ve put up his picture many times, and number. In case anybody has seen anything, of course, you should call that number or 911 immediately. Laura, good luck, and we hope that your father comes home safe and sound. Thank you, Laura.

GRICAR: Thank you.

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