Pennsylvania Autistic Teen kidnapped, beaten to death

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26 Oct 2022, 9:00 am

Missing Teen With Autism Found Dead After Kidnapping, Beating: Police

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Eight people have been charged including a 14-year-old girl and at least one family member in the kidnapping, beating and killing of a 19-year-old man with autism, authorities said.

Hayden Robert Garreffa, of Dilltown, PA, was found dead by state troopers in a wooded area of Brush Valley Township on Saturday, Oct. 22 around 4 a.m., according to a state police briefing on Tuesday, Oct. 25. His death was believed to be a homicide, according to state police citing the Indiana County coroner's office.

The police think he was kidnapped, and beaten on the same day that he was killed and left in the wooded area, with a time of death around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20— the same day that he was reported missing from his East Wheatfield Township home.

Garreffa had gotten into an argument with his cousin Isaac Joel Buchkoski and three others over an incident involving Buchkoski's girlfriend inside his Buffington Township home around 11 a.m. before storming off, according to the complaint obtained by multiple media outlets.

"Garreffa's 17-year-old sister says the same group of people came back later that day and took her brother away, with the suspect allegedly saying Garreffa would be dead before the end of the day," WTAE reports citing the complaint.

Eight people have been charged in connection with the kidnapping of Garreffa and all but one are currently in Indiana County Prison after being deemed flight risks and therefore were denied bail, state police said at the press briefing.

All of them have been charged with kidnapping to facilitate a felony, with the additional charge of conspiracy to kidnap to facilitate a felony filed against Settlemyer and Buchkoski, according to state police and court records.

Preliminary hearings for all eight have been scheduled before Magisterial District Judge Susanne V. Steffee on Nov. 8 at 9 a.m., court records show.


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26 Oct 2022, 2:56 pm

According to the article

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"Garreffa's 17-year-old sister says the same group of people came back later that day and took her brother away, with the suspect allegedly saying Garreffa would be dead before the end of the day," WTAE reports citing the complaint.

Buchkoski supposedly had gathered the original three and three others and returned to the home, demanding Garreffa get into a red van around 2 p.m., WTAJ reports citing the affidavit.

Buchkoski allegedly told a witness, “you won’t have to worry about him again because he will be dead before the end of the day,” the court documents state according to the outlet.

His grandmother found that he was gone and noticed his phone was still in the home— something he would never be without, so she reported his disappearance and neurological condition to the police


This confuses me was his sister the witness? and if so why didn't she call the police after they demanded he get in the van and then said he'd be dead before the end of the day?

Or was the witness someone else and his sister got the story second-hand, but also then why didn't that witness call the police immediately at that point?

Why wasn't it until his grandmother noticed his phone abandoned that anything was reported? Just kind of seems like he could have been saved if the witness(s) who saw him being taken away would have called the police then.


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