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HEMPFIELD TWP, Penn. - Authorities returned to the scene on Friday, where a well known man in the  Mercer County auto business was found dead inside his home.

It's a murder mystery that's left a community wondering what could have gone wrong. Elton Barnett of Barnett Auto Sales said, "This is Greenville, Pa. Nothing like this ever happens in Greenville, Pa. This is the kind of community a lot of people may not even lock their houses."

Hempfield Township police and the state police major crimes unit logged hours combing the home of 76-year-old Frank Crash Thursday.

The owner of an auto recycling business was discovered dead inside his home after he failed to show up at work.

Crash was a prominent business man, he worked with a number of local auto repair businesses and dealerships. Barnett called him a friend, saying, "Frank was the kind of guy who, at the end of the day you knew exactly where you stood with him. You always walked away as friends, that's what I always expected with Frank."

As Crash's family continues to cope, they released a statement saying in part: "He truly loved this community and supported it as well as local businesses and organizations." The statement goes on to say, "It is heartbreaking to know that crimes like this can occur in a town that prides themselves on safety and family values."

The family is waiting on an update from investigators, as autopsy results are expected to reveal more clues.

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