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Owner of property searched was coworker of missing Lower Mac woman

New details emerge in Ross Township investigation

ROSS TWP., Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are digging at a property in Ross Township, Monroe County, and have been for several days.

Authorities are being tight-lipped about the investigation, but we have learned some new details this morning.

The home on Woodhaven Drive belongs to Michael Horvath. Records reveal he has lived in the house since the late-1990s.

69 News has also learned that Horvath was an employee at Allen Organ in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, and was a coworker of Holly Grim. She disappeared from her home in Lower Macungie Township in 2013. A colleague has confirmed that the two worked together in Allen Organ's woodshop.

69 News spoke with Grim's mother Friday morning. She said she hopes the investigation does not involve Holly, because she hopes that Holly is still alive. She said state police contacted her earlier in the week to say they were investigating, but did not say if they think it is Holly. Holly knew Horvath because they worked together, but they were not friends, according to Holly's mother.

State police have named no suspects in her disappearance, and no charges have been filed in either of these investigations.

A Pennsylvania State Police forensics unit and the coroner have been on the scene digging in the backyard.

The Pocono Record newspaper is reporting that a human bone was found on Wednesday.

Right now, investigators aren't saying what it is they're looking for.

"I don't know. I guess there is an attempt to keep whatever it is a little bit hush-hush," said Byron Foster, a neighbor.

People who live on Woodhaven Drive have a lot of unanswered questions.

"It's also a little confusing, because you have this mixture of game commission, fire department, state police and so forth in the corner, all in there. You really have to wonder what it is that is going on," said Foster.

"I've never had no problems with the people. They've always seemed nice. You wave as you go by," said a neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous. She said she was surprised by the number of officials who flocked to her street Tuesday morning.

"I took my grandsons down to the bus stop and there had to be about 20 cars there, and I can't say. I have no idea what's going on," said the neighbor.


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