The district attorney who tried and failed to prosecute Jerry Sandusky in 1998 after reports of sexual abuse emerged, has been missing since 2005 and was declared legally dead in July.
Ray Gricar disappeared on April 15 six years ago after telling his girlfriend he was going for a drive.
His body was never found, only his abandoned car and his laptop which had been tossed in the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania without its hard drive.
In 1998, Gricar had attempted to bring a case against Penn State former football defence coordinator Jerry Sandusky on child rape charges...
When it came to the Sandusky allegations 13 years ago, friends and former co-workers said Gricar would never have backed down if he had a strong case.
The lawyer's nephew Tony Gricar told The Patriot-News: 'People ask why Ray did not prosecute, and I have no problem saying, because he clearly felt he didn't have a case for a ''successful'' prosecution.
'One thing I can say is that Ray was beholden to no one, was not a politician.'
The DA had a 'bitter taste in his mouth' for the Penn State program and Coach Sandusky, added his nephew.
Montour County District Attorney Robert Buehner Jr, a friend of the missing man, told the New York Times that if Gricar had committed suicide, he would have wanted his body found.
No suspects have ever emerged after investigations into Gricar's death.
A report written in 1998 on the charges levelled against Sandusky decided the claims were 'unfounded' - even after the DA had the mother of an alleged victim confront the football coordinator while police listened in.
Revealed: Prosecutor who failed to nail Penn State coach for 'sex abuse' vanished in 2005 and was declared 'legally dead' this year
Laurie Whitwell and Louise Boyle
11th November 2011