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Banners in Evans City to ask for information about 2 Forward teens' deaths

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

By Judy Salisbury Cline

The Evans City Oktoberfest banners are down, but the space left vacant will soon be filled with banners seeking information about the deaths of two teenagers from Forward.

Scott Fosnaught and Shawn Baur, both 15, were killed July 17 by what police believe was a hit-and-run driver on Cashdollar Road in Forward, about a 1 1/2 miles from their homes. Police don't know whether the deaths were accidental. A passer-by found the bodies sprawled on the road near a cornfield around 1:30 a.m. State and local police still have no leads in the case.

Fosnaught showed signs of having been hit by a vehicle, possibly a truck, police said. Baur had only a head wound, and police said he may have been hit by something protruding from a vehicle.

Within days of the boys' funerals, "wanted" posters seeking information about the deaths went up in storefronts all over Evans City. Citizens Bank of Evans City established an account for a reward fund, and donations poured in from individuals and local businesses.

Still, no one has come forward with a tip leading to an arrest and conviction in the deaths.

Last month, state police arrested Riley Schneider, 21, of Cranberry, who is accused of providing the boys with alcohol that evening. Schneider is not suspected of killing the teens, police said. At the time, police indicated more arrests were likely to follow.

The youths were believed to be walking home that night from a party on Watters Station Road in Forward, just off Cashdollar. Because Cashdollar is lightly traveled and mostly unknown to people outside the area, residents and police have speculated the killer could be a local resident or someone known to those who live in the area.

Both police and townspeople said they want the case kept visible because that is the best way to attract tips.

South of Evans City, Rodney and Sue Kneiss have erected a billboard in their yard on Mars-Evans City Road, reminding people of the reward in the hope that someone will come forward with information. No one has.

The idea for the banners came from friends of the boys' families, Debra Herb of Forward and her sister-in-law, Loretta Stroup of Evans City. Herb works with Barry Baur, father of Shawn Baur. The proposed design features two 2-foot by 20-foot banners containing the boys' photos, the reward amount and police telephone numbers for tips.

The banners are to be displayed for up to 90 days but may stay longer if the case remains unsolved.

A reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case stands at $17,000. Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Butler at 724-284-8100 or Evans City police at 724-538-8055.

Judy Salisbury Cline is a freelance writer.

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