The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 29, 2013

Today In Pennsylvania

By Peter Jackson
The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania today.

SCRANTON — A county prosecutor has identified the body of a missing man found in a sport-utility vehicle found teetering on the edge of a northeastern Pennsylvania ravine.

Lackawanna County District Attorney Andy Jarbola tells The (Scranton) Times-Tribune the body removed Sunday was that of 24-year-old Frank Bonacci, of Dunmore.

Bonacci had been missing since July 20, and the vehicle was found Saturday night on the ledge above Roaring Brook.

An autopsy on Bonacci’s body was scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Scranton police say the vehicle was found about 1½ miles upstream of a command post set up near the University of Scranton tennis courts.

YORK — A formerly homeless man is due in court to answer charges that he killed a woman who let him stay at her central Pennsylvania home.

The decomposing body of 57-year-old Sandra Mulder was found June 2 in her York County home, her hands and legs bound with pink duct tape.

Thirty-two-year-old Bryan Brackbill Jr. was arrested in Missouri, after highway patrol officers using an automated license plate scanner spotted Brackbill driving Mulder’s car on Interstate 70.

Investigators say Brackbill was homeless before he moved in with Mulder about a year ago. Brackbill is represented by the York County public defender’s office, which couldn’t be reached for comment before business hours Monday.

He has pleaded not guilty and faces a preliminary hearing Monday morning before a district judge, who must determine if there’s enough evidence for him to stand trial.

MIDDLETOWN — State police have been searching for a 62-year-old woman reported missing from an assisted living facility in eastern Pennsylvania last week.

Troopers from the Media barracks in Delaware County say Monette Bressler was last seen about 10:30 p.m. Thursday at Sunrise Assisted Living in Middletown.

Police on Monday tell The Associated Press that Bressler still hasn’t been found.

She’s about 5-foot-3 and 115 pounds. She was last seen wearing black pants, a floral blouse and black sweater.

Police haven’t said why Bressler lived at the home or what kind of medical issues or disabilities she may have.