2009-07-30 / Local & State

Dead Clerk Linked To Missing Pa. School Funds

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) - Authorities in western Pennsylvania are linking a payroll clerk found dead in an Allegheny County river several months ago to nearly $300,000 in funds missing from a Pittsburgh school district.

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District said Friday that an audit had turned up $298,556 missing.

Whitehall Police Chief Donald Dolfi says the investigation has targeted 53-year-old secretary Linda McWreath, whose body was found May 27 floating in the Youghiogheny River. Allegheny County Homicide Lt. Bill Palmer called the death an apparent suicide, although the county medical examiner's officer has not ruled.

Dolfi said the probe had already begun when McWreath's body was found and county homicide investigators had been told she was a "person of interest'' in the case.

Superintendent Lawrence Korchnak says the district expects to recover the missing money from its insurance carrier and bonding agent. He says changes will be made to make sure such a thing does not happen again.

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