WILKES-BARRE ‚?? City police are not finished combing through a Ford F350 possibly linked to a fatal hit-and-run on Hazle Avenue last month.
The diesel pickup truck has not been returned to its owner, Daniel Loughnane, since police said Wednesday they found suspected hair and a possible bone fragment on the underside and driver‚??s side door area.
Police are expected to request another warrant to search the cab of the truck today.
Police on Tuesday searched the truck at LAG Towing and Transport‚??s garage on Carey Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, where it was placed on a lift to access the undercarriage. It was returned on a flatbed trailer to the basement garage at police headquarters the same day it was searched at LAG.
Police impounded the truck from Loughnane‚??s residence at 71 W. Liberty St., Hanover Township, the night of Aug. 9, a day after a neighbor reported seeing law enforcement officers taking pictures of the Ford in Loughnane‚??s driveway.
According to a search warrant filed Monday, police said they took the truck because Loughnane‚??s whereabouts were unknown, the lateness of the hour to obtain a search warrant and keys were left in a toolbox in the truck‚??s bed.
Police called the truck a ‚??vehicle of interest‚?Ě in the fatal hit-and-run incident that claimed the life of Rebecca McCallick, 19, in front of her apartment at 199 Hazle Ave. on July 24.
McCallick was struck at about 2:23 a.m., police said.
Monday‚??s search warrant affidavit alleges McCallick‚??s boyfriend, John Schenck, told police they were arguing when she ran out of their apartment. Schenck said he yelled from a second-floor window at McCallick to get off the road when he saw a vehicle speeding up Hazle Avenue and striking McCallick, the affidavit states.
The truck was taken by police after Schenck allegedly identified the vehicle in Loughnane‚??s driveway.
Schenck could not be reached for comment on Thursday.