Dunmore teens help find missing judge's vehicle

Judge Edwin Kosik had been missing nearly 48 hours in Lackawanna County

DUNMORE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - A federal judge from Lackawanna County, who was found safe after being missing for nearly 48 hours, continues to recover at this hour.

Judge Edwin Kosik was found Thursday night around 7:00 PM after two teenagers spotted his vehicle near the Dunmore Reservoir.

The two teens were back at Dunmore High School Friday.

They say they were riding quads when about a mile and a-half from the nearest paved road, they discovered Judge Kosik's car and quickly realized something wasn't right.

Joseph Delvecchio, 18, and his friend Alec Yanikso, 15, are being called life-savers.

On Thursday night, they decided to take their quads out near the Dunmore reservoir never imagining that they'd find the car of missing federal judge Edwin Kosik.

"We were on ATV's going for a ride. We noticed that the car, not a lot of cars go up there and that's unusual for one to be on an ATV trail," Yanisko said.

The teens shared a picture of the vehicle they found with Eyewitness News. It shows the judge's vehicle caught up on a log.

Noticing that the car also had broken windows, the teens became "detectives" or sorts. They discovered some identification inside the vehicle that contained the name "Edwin Kosik."

At first, the name didn't mean much to them.

"We had no idea who he was," Delvecchio said. "We typed it in on Facebook and it came right up that he was missing."

The teens say they didn't see anyone around the car.

"We were yelling a little bit but we didn't really yell to find him," Yanikso said.

Quickly realizing what they had stumbled on, the teens went home and told their parents and called police, prompting a K-9 to quickly discover Judge Kosik about 100 yards away from his vehicle.

He was safe.

"We want to meet him. We'd like to go see him but we're just glad that he's all right and we look forward to seeing him," Delvecchio said.

The teens say they almost didn't go out on their quads Thursday night fearing the possible rain.

They are glad they went.

"I just think I did the right thing and I was in the right place at the right time," Delvecchio said.

After being rescued Thursday night, Judge Kosik was taken to Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. A hospital spokeswoman says Kosik remained in the hospital Friday afternoon and was listed in fair condition.

Judge Kosik has served as a federal judge for more than three decades.

U.S. Marshals say he suffers from a mild case of memory loss and was taking medication for it.

 


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