Unsolved Cases: Ranee Ann Gregor
In 2007, a serial killer confessed to killing the Robinson Township teen, missing since 1977—and claimed her body is 'unrecoverable.'
Ranee Ann Gregor was just nine days away from turning "sweet 16" the evening of Oct. 21, 1977, when she and boyfriend John Feeny left her residence on Clever Road in Robinson Township and were believed to be headed for a pizza parlor.
They made it as far as a gas station, where they were last seen at about 10 p.m., but they never made it home.
The next morning, Feeny, a 17 year old who lived on Maple Street in Coraopolis Borough, was found slumped over the armrest of the rear seat of his blood-splattered van. He had been shot once in the neck at close range with a shotgun. The vehicle, with its engine still running, was parked on a secluded dirt road known as a lovers' lane—off of Crescent Drive near Pittsburgh International Airport in Findlay Township.
Gregor, a Montour High School junior, was missing, but her blue jacket and purse were still in Feeny's rusted yellow van. She was never seen or heard from again.
More than 400 volunteers, mostly from Findlay, Moon Township, North Fayette Township and Crafton Borough fire departments, as well as Pittsburgh police officers, conducted a ground search near the scene. At one point, after someone in a police helicopter spotted an object in the nearby Massaros Lake, members of the Groveton Fire Department dragged the lake, according to the Beaver County Times.
The killings happened during a 20-month period in 1976 and 1977 when 27 unsolved murders occured in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Thirty years later, serial killer Edward Surratt, a former truck driver from Beaver County, confessed to murdering both Feeny and Gregor. In an interview in a Florida prison, Surratt told authorities that Gregor's body was "unrecoverable by anybody's standards."
While his confession provided closure, it didn't bring Gregor home to her family.
Gregor is described as white, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds with blond hair, green eyes and a scar on her right cheek. She would have turned 50 this year.
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