One in Custody in Connection with Crawford County Homicide (Updated: 3:42 p.m.)
The son of the 74-year-old man who was found dead in his Crawford County home is in custody and being questioned for his possible involvement in the homicide death of his father, Kenneth Halsaver, near Townville, PA.
The man is identified as 33-year-old Dustin Halsaver and he was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police following a high speed chase in Centre County, PA.
Police were called to Kenneth Halsaver's residence shortly before 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon when a family member found him dead inside his home after coworkers grew concerned when he did not show up for work in the morning.
Following an autopsy Wednesday, Crawford County Coroner Scott Schell determined that Halsaver died of a gunshot wound to the head, and received a secondary wound to his neck.
During the investigation, state police and the Crawford County District Attorney's office determined that the victim's 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and cellphone were missing from the scene. They requested a trace on the cellphone and were able to determine that the vehicle was traveling on I-80 in Centre County, PA.
Troopers from Rockview & Lamar were called to patrol the area where the truck was spotted. They initiated a traffic stop but Dustin Halsaver failed to stop and a high speed chase began that lasted over half an hour. Police had to deploy spike strips to stop the vehicle and then Halsaver was taken into custody without incident.
State Police in the statement say that Dustin Halsaver is estranged from the family and refused to speak with investigators. He is currently being held in the Centre County Jail on charges of receiving stolen property, numerous traffic violations, and felony counts of fleeing and eluding. Halsaver has not been charged with his father's death but police are questioning him about the circumstances surrounding the homicide.
Halsaver is being held on $1,000,000 bail.