ROSS TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – After three years, a heartbroken family finally has some closure, although it’s not the outcome they hoped for. Holly Grim of Lehigh County vanished in 2013, and Thursday a Monroe County man was charged with her murder.
State police believe Michael Horvath of Saylorsburg, Monroe County kidnapped and killed Grim, then buried her behind his home.
Starting late last month, about 40 investigators spent days digging behind Horvath’s Ross Township home where he lives with his wife Cathy. State police say they don’t believe Cathy was involved in the killing, but at a press conference Thursday Eyewitness News learned some disturbing details about Michael, who investigators called ‘sexually deviant’.
“Good morning everybody. We called a press conference because we wanted to announce a major break in the investigation into the death of Holly Grim,” is how Michael Mancuso, Monroe County First Assistant District Attorney started the press conference.
Michael Horvath is behind bars, three years after allegedly kidnapping Holly Grim from her Lehigh County home, killing her, then burying the body in his back yard. Horvath and Grim were both employed at Allen Organs in Macungie.
“We all talked to hundreds of people. And we kept coming back to Michael Horvath,” says Lt. Joseph Sokolofski of PSP Bethlehem.
State police matched Horvath’s DNA to a tiny blood stain found on Grim’s door. The morning she vanished, investigators say Horvath showed up late to work claiming he had a flat tire. That same day, court papers say his wife, Cathy, found his dirty shoes inside their home. After spending nine days digging behind the Horvath’s Saylorsburg home, state police say they’ve finally found Holly Grim.
“Many, many skeletal remains. Bones,” says Mancuso.
State police say they recovered a lot of evidence inside his home as well including: handcuffs, leg shackles, tasers, stun guns, tapes relating to murder, sexual deviance, and hunting humans. Detectives also recovered a planner with handwritten notes suggesting the writer may be watching, following or stalking another. State police declined to comment further on the finds.
For three years Holly’s family and friends never gave up looking. Neither did state police.
“At this point I would like to offer my condolences to the Grim family, especially Jeanette her mother. I know this isn’t the result she was looking for but I hope she finds some solace,” adds Lt. Sokolofski.
State police believe Michael and Holly had a working relationship. We don’t yet know what the motive for murder was, or how Holly was killed. Investigators say Holly was clearly abducted 3 years ago and they believe she was more than likely murdered in Monroe County.
Michael Horvath faces several charges including homicide, kidnapping, and abuse of a corpse. He’s locked up in Monroe County where he’s held without bail. Horvath is due back in court later this month.