, 2022-10-03 02:00:00,
Along the side of a remote highway known for its scenic views and rich history stands a small makeshift memorial set up by family members hundreds of miles away to mark the spot where 57-year-old Bruce Ritchie was stabbed to death more than two years ago.
In the months and years after state police launched their investigation into the Pennsylvania man’s slaying, South Gap community members have helped care for the memorial while an agent specializing in cold cases continues to work to solve the case.
“This one’s a modern-day homicide,” said Special Agent Russell Edwards. “I’d just hate to think that we can’t solve it.”
Edwards was assigned the case last October when he was selected as the state police’s Division Four cold case agent. Although a case isn’t typically considered “cold” until it’s gone unsolved for five or more years, an absence of witnesses and lack of physical evidence has made Ritchie’s death difficult to solve.
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