LEWISTOWN - It's been almost four years since 33-year-old Jason Specht and 43-year-old Sherry Jo Leonard were found murdered in a mobile home along U.S. 522 in Granville Township.
The brutal killing was discovered by firemen and police officers at around 4 a.m. on Nov. 25, 2007 after they were summoned to Specht's home for a reported fire. By the time firemen got to Specht's residence, the home was almost fully engulfed in flames.
Leonard was pronounced dead at the scene and Specht died shortly thereafter at the emergency room at Lewistown Hospital. One month later, Mifflin County coroner Daniel P. Lynch ruled the deaths were homicides and said the cause of death for both vicitms was skull fractures that occurred prior to the start of the fire. According to initial reports, the bulk of the fire, which was ruled an arson, occurred in the bedroom area.
Sentinel photo by KIERNAN M. SCHALK
Two new billboards have been put along U.S. 22 regarding the murder of Sherry Jo Leonard and Jason Specht. One billboard is on the outskirts of Lewistown and one is near the Huntingdon town limits.
There have been no arrests made in connection with the murders and police do not have a suspect or person of interest.
On Tuesday, friends and family of the victims gathered at the location of a new billboard outside Huntingdon, asking for the public's help.
"We are doing about as good as we can be doing," Specht's brother Eric said.
Eric Specht is hopeful that someone out there has that missing piece of information that will tie the whole case together and lead to a suspect.
He said he finds it difficult to believe that at that hour when the murders occurred, on the day before rifle deer season, nobody saw anything.
"I just can't believe nobody didn't see a suspicious vehicle or person go up that road," he said of the crime scene.
With a new district attorney in Mifflin County set to take office in January, Specht is hopeful that a new set eyes on the case may help with the investigation.
Michael Elder, a criminal investigator with the Pennsylvania state police is the lead investigator in the case and he continues to devote a lot of time to the investigation.
"Somebody might see this billboard and come up with that missing piece of information that could lead to a suspect," Elder said.
Elder said that at times it has been a frustrating case to work on and he knows the families are frustrated as well, but he is adamant in insisting it is not a cold case and investigators are actively working the case.
Those with information regarding this case are encouraged to call Pennsylvania State Police Lewistown at 320-1010 or Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at (800) 4PA-TIPS.