Monday, February 27, 2012

Unity, PA: Husband of dead Westmoreland County teacher charged

Pennsylvania state police have obtained an arrest warrant for the husband of a middle school teacher whose body was found in Westmoreland County last week, according to court records.

David Frank Stahl, 41, will be charged with criminal homicide in the death of 37-year-old Rebecca Stahl, whose body was found along the side of a rural road Friday morning in Unity.

Mr. Stahl said he last saw his wife on Monday morning, but court paperwork indicated Mrs. Stahl was killed two days prior. He said that he returned home Monday evening to find his wife, who was home from work recovering from surgery, gone though her car remained in the driveway. He never reported her missing.

Mrs. Stahl's father made a report Tuesday morning.

Last week, state police executed a search warrant at the Stahl home. Friday, after her body was found.

The couple had a tumultuous relationship, court records show. Mr. Stahl was charged with harassment for pushing Mrs. Stahl. She had also filed for a protection from abuse order against him at one point.

Mr. Stahl was admitted to Excela Westmoreland Hospital on Friday night for an unknown reason and remained there this afternoon. It was not clear when police would take him into custody.

State police could not be reached for immediate comment about the warrant.

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