Police: Missing woman not found in home, blood evidence found in car


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Three days after a standoff and arson in Scranton, the mystery of a woman’s disappearance is deepening.

Investigators say they did not find the body of Sister Angela Miller in the burned out debris of her home. 

Investigators say the final time anyone heard from Sister Angela Miller or her sister Rosemary Smith was about 9:30 Friday night. 

Around 8:00 AM Saturday morning, when police came to serve two emergency PFA’s, Alan Smith, Rosemary’s son set this property on fire. 

His body was found inside and investigators say he shot and killed his mother before then. 

At this point, Sister Angela Miller is still nowhere to be found but police fear she may also have been killed. 

It was a final painstaking process.

Fire and police investigators pulled debris from this burned out home on Washburn Street Tuesday as they continued to unsuccessfully search for Sister Angela Miller, who has been missing since Saturday. 

“You can’t leave any stone unturned. We have to make sure we do a though job,” Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright said. 

After making a final determination that Sister Angela Miller was not in the debris, demolition began and police indicated they found new evidence which may indicate she was removed from the scene. 

“We have some evidence that was found in the trunk of one of the cars that may indicate, we’re going to have that tested forensically, that there may have been some blood in the back of the trunk of one of the cars,” Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano said.

The vehicle in question is this Subaru which was removed from the scene Monday.

On Tuesday, a state police helicopter buzzed overhead while more detectives worked the case on the ground. 

“We’re broadening, certainly, the search for Sister Angela. We’re trying to use as many resources as we can,” Chief Graziano said. 

“It’s heartbreaking. It’s disgusting, it really is to know that people like him could do that,” Nicole Walton of West Scranton said. 

Nicole Walton is saddened there are no final answers yet. 

“If that were me and my family, I would want to know where is she? What happened?” Walton said. 

Bruce Barton with the Pennsylvania Special Emergencies Response Teams brought his specially trained K9 to the scene for the second day and they stand ready to help again if needed 

“You can’t Search the world but if they can identify areas obviously we can get resources in,” Chief Bruce Barton with PA Special Emergencies Response Teams said. 

Alan Smith, the man who set the fire here, also fired three times at police. 

He spent ten years in prison on child porn and other charges and was also considered to be a person of interest in a 2005 Scranton homicide but there was never enough evidence to charge him. 

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