The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 12, 2014

Police find drug link in shooting of Milton woman, 20

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— DANVILLE — Search warrants filed in the attempted homicide case of 20-year-old Salicia Yost reveal that one of the men in custody met with Yost in Lewisburg the day before she was found shot in the head near Shamokin.

Police said they are still investigating the case, and had no further updates Wednesday.

However, search warrants filed earlier this week reveal that police sought surveillance camera footage from the Short Stop Mart on Route 15 in Lewisburg where Yost works, which police say shows Rafael Anthony Diroche Jr., 28, of Mount Carmel, meeting with Yost at the convenience store Friday, the day before Yost was found near Shamokin.

Yost has worked at the Short Stop for two years, according to Scullin Oil Co., which runs the markets. A manager at the convenience store had no comment Monday.

Diroche is currently being held on gun charges, according to court documents, while another man, Esteven Rafael Soto, 30, of the Bronx, New York City, is being held on drug charges, after police say they found guns and cocaine, heroin and marijuana in Diroche’s Mount Carmel apartment.

Police also said that text messages between Diroche and Yost reference “coke,” Ecstasy and “dope,” according to court documents.

In the four search warrants filed with District Judge Hugh Jones in Mount Carmel, police said they were searching Diroche’s apartment for firearms, drugs and a dark-colored coat. One search warrant was for Yost’s car and cellphone, which was found in her purse.

Police have said that they are not calling Diroche and Soto suspects in the case and that they are conducting numerous interviews in the case.