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WHTM-TV abc 27:
The death of federal prosecutor Jonathan Luna

Ali Lanyon of WHTM-TV, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, produced this report on the tenth anniversary of the death of Jonathan Luna

by Ali Lanyon

EPHRATA, Pa. (WHTM) - Nearly 10 years ago, Baltimore U.S. Attorney Tom DiBiagio stood at a microphone in front of throngs of television cameras and vowed to seek justice for Jonathan Luna.

"We will find out who did this and we are dedicated to bringing the person responsible for this tragedy to justice," DiBiagio told reporters.

Luna: 10 years later the mystery endures

But all these years later, not much has changed. The final hours of Luna's life and the circumstances of his death are still shrouded in mystery.

It was December of 2003. Luna, 38, stayed late at work. He was prosecuting two suspected heroin dealers in Baltimore and was in his office crafting plea deals. Only one of them was finished when, without his glasses - which he apparently needed to drive - he abruptly left the courthouse. Also left behind on his desk: his cell phone and laptop computer.

After Luna left, with his work incomplete, he drove a mysterious path through four states: Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and ultimately Pennsylvania. He got off the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lancaster County near Ephrata. Investigators said there was a smudge of blood on his Turnpike ticket.

His body was discovered shortly after 5 a.m. the next morning by a worker behind Sensenig and Weaver Well Drilling in Brecknock Township.

The married father of two had been stabbed 36 times. But the cause of death, according to the coroner, was drowning. Luna was found face-down in a frigid stream.

"He was trying to run away. He was terrified," author William Keisling said.

To read more (external link):

WHTM-TV Midstate Mysteries: The Death of federal prosecutor Jonathan Luna

posted 11-25-13


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