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a man looking at the camera: Matt Barndt, the car chief for Chase Elliott's No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, works in a garage.

© Nigel Kinrade, NKP via Hendrick Motorsports Matt Barndt, the car chief for Chase Elliott’s No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, works in a garage.

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🔒 Part 3: Police consider another tactic in Shuglie investigation


a group of people walking down a dirt road: Located approximately 2,000 feet from the Coleman Motel, Lake Somerset is among the areas searched by police when Marisa and Janet Shuglie went missing in 1985. It was recently drained for dam remediation work and may soon be searched again.

© Staff photo by Eric Kieta Located approximately 2,000 feet from the Coleman Motel, Lake Somerset is among the areas searched by police when Marisa and Janet Shuglie went missing in 1985. It was recently drained for dam remediation work and may soon be searched again.

In almost 40 years since Janet and Marisa Shuglie disappeared, there have been a number of potential leads, but nothing solid. 

A class ring, a muddy construction site and others have gone nowhere.

What’s next for investigators?

Part 3: Police may use cadaver dogs at lake to look for Shuglies

🔒 Part 2: Frank Shuglie said his wife abandoned him. His son has a problem with that.


a group of people standing next to a window: Frank and Janet Shuglie posing for a photo with sons Josh and Christopher.

© Daily American file photo from newspapers.com Frank and Janet Shuglie posing for a photo with sons Josh and Christopher.

When Janet and Marisa disappeared from an area near the Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange in Somerset in June of 1985, Frank Shuglie told his sons that his mother abandoned them all for another man.

Later that summer he met with two men, asking them to murder his wife and kidnap his daughter. Those two men were undercover police officers. 

He was convicted and sent to jail. Now free, he has repeated his abandonment theory. His son, Josh, disagrees.

Part 2: Inside the case against Frank Shuglie

Part 1: How did the Shuglies disappear  36 years ago? A few theories.


a sign on the side of a road: The Economy Inn at 1138 N. Center Avenue in Somerset is the home of the former Coleman Motel, where the Shuglie family had been staying when Janet and Marisa disappeared.

© Staff photo by Eric Kieta The Economy Inn at 1138 N. Center Avenue in Somerset is the home of the former Coleman Motel, where the Shuglie family had been staying when Janet and Marisa disappeared.

Janet Marie Shuglie, 35, and her 10-year-old daughter, Marisa, were reportedly last seen walking near the Somerset interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in late June of 1985. 

In the 36 years that have followed, the case has been complicated by a murder-for-hire conspiracy, frustrated by false leads, and more recently, illuminated by the opportunity for police to look for Janet and Marisa in a place they’ve been unable to search in the past. 

“They disappear off the face of the Earth. And all these years (later) there’s never been any surface of their whereabouts or knowledge of them in any way?” one investigator said. “You’d think that would be highly strange.”

Part 1: Janet and Marisa Shuglie disappearance in PA leaves questions

Lehigh Valley native, NASCAR crew member returns to Pennsylvania for Pocono doubleheader

Lehigh Valley native Matt Barndt didn’t have middle school or varsity teammates to race with, so racing began almost exclusively as a family affair. He grew up traveling the country with his parents and younger sister to compete in races, building a bond between himself, his family and racing that became the foundation of his life.

That’s why when the car chief for Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 9 Chevrolet returned to Pennsylvania for the Pocono Raceway doubleheader weekend, the racing experience meant a little bit more.

NASCAR’s Matt Barndt returns to Pocono: Lehigh Valley native, NASCAR crew member returns to Pennsylvania for Pocono doubleheader


a group of people riding on the back of a truck: A group of NASCAR fans rides in a Chevy pickup on the campgrounds of Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

© Micaela Hood A group of NASCAR fans rides in a Chevy pickup on the campgrounds of Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

🔒 Ultimate tailgate: Camping at Pocono Raceway has something for everyone

During the day, they soaked up the sun and watched the races on the roofs of RVs, grilled up yummy eats, drank some cold ones, bicycled around the grounds, caught up with old friends, walked their furry friends (yep, Fido was welcome, there’s even a dog park on-site), and washed up in the trailer/mobile shower unit. 

At night, they sat around campfires, listened to live music by pop-rock cover band M-80, danced under the stars, fired up some more treats, and wowed at the fireworks display. 

It was the ultimate tailgate experience. 

Pocono-area NASCAR fans: Ultimate tailgate: Camping at Pocono Raceway has something for everyone


Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi standing in front of a cake: Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’

© Emiliano Granado Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’

The return of Snooki: ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ films in Poconos

Fans of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” have seen Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi party hard on the sands of Seaside and South Beach, but what happens when she arrives in the Poconos?

After a long hiatus, Snooki shocked her castmates on last week’s “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation,” which aired June 17. It was her first time back with the crew after announcing she was leaving the franchise in 2019. 

Jersey Shore comes to the Poconos: The return of Snooki: ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ films in Poconos


a sign in front of a brick building: A 2014 mural titled "Here's Your Train," painted by Poconos artist Sean Turrell, as seen on a wall of a building in Stroudsburg on Thursday, June 10, 2021.

© Frank Piscani A 2014 mural titled “Here’s Your Train,” painted by Poconos artist Sean Turrell, as seen on a wall of a building in Stroudsburg on Thursday, June 10, 2021.

Train to NYC? NEPA advocates hopeful as funding remains top question

Amtrak could add round-trip service from Scranton to New York City with several stops in the Poconos if the route proposed by the passenger rail service is determined to be feasible.

An Amtrak report released in May suggests three round trips a day, with stations in Tobyhanna, Mount Pocono and East Stroudsburg, plus several stops in New Jersey.

Transit additions in PA part of infrastructure plan?: Train to NYC? NEPA advocates hopeful as funding remains top question


a sign in front of a brick building: A Progress Pride Flag flies outside Novus ACS in Courthouse Square in Stroudsburg. On Thursday, PennDOT announced that they will now permit citizens to self-confirm their non-binary gender designation on state-issued identification cards.

© BRIAN MYSZKOWSKI/POCONO RECORD A Progress Pride Flag flies outside Novus ACS in Courthouse Square in Stroudsburg. On Thursday, PennDOT announced that they will now permit citizens to self-confirm their non-binary gender designation on state-issued identification cards.

🔒 Lack of data, health care interruptions plagued Poconos’ LGBTQ+ community in 2020

The LGBTQ+ community in the Poconos has faced a particularly difficult time of COVID-19, but with the help of individuals and organizations from across the region, they have persevered throughout the pandemic. 

With a lack of viable information regarding LGBTQ+ individuals throughout the past 15 months, paired with funding issues that hit the community hard, making the way through the pandemic has been a particularly challenging feat for allies and advocates in the Poconos. 

Highlighting LGBTQ+ needs during Pride Month: Lack of data, health care interruptions plagued Poconos’ LGBTQ+ community in 2020

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