Psychics divine accomplices in dentist's death
PAUL PEIRCE | Friday, Nov. 16, 2007 12:00 a.m.
Despite the arrest of a state trooper in the 2006 slaying of Blairsville dentist John J. Yelenic, family and friends are continuing to search for answers about his death.
On Thursday, two psychics from Butler -- sisters Suzanne Kelley and Jean McKenzie Vincent -- were invited by friends of Yelenic into his South Spring Street home to see if they could "read" whether any others were involved in his April 13, 2006 death.
Trooper Kevin Foley, of Indiana, was held for trial on a murder charge at a preliminary hearing Nov. 7, accused of cutting Yelenic with a knife and forcing his head through a pane of glass in the front doorway, which severely lacerated his neck. Foley was the boyfriend of Yelenic's estranged wife, Michele.
At the hearing, forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, who performed the autopsy, reported that Yelenic died from blood loss and that more than one person may have been involved in the death. State Attorney General Tom Corbett said the case is still under investigation and others could be charged, but he declined to name any suspects.
Kelley and Vincent claimed yesterday that there may have been two additional people, a male and female, involved.
"I feel in this spot, where John died, just rage and blood. It's almost like small pictures coming to me," Kelley said.
While Kelley felt the woman was not directly involved in the incident, her sister disagreed.
"I think she may have been inside here and then went back outside ... maybe to watch," Vincent said.
Kelley claimed that a short, dark-haired man "with an aggressive personality ... possibly in the same profession (as Foley) may have been waiting watch outside or knew what was going on."
"I don't think he was involved with the blood," she added.
Yesterday was not the first time the psychics had been involved in the case, but it was the first time they had met personally with Yelenic's cousin, Mary Ann Clark. Kelley and Vincent reported that they met last July with Blairsville police investigators and Indiana County District Attorney Robert Bell at the home for three hours.
The sisters said they had not even heard about the case when Yelenic's neighbor Melissa Uss and her mother Diane Hershberger went to a psychic event in Indiana.
Uss reported the women immediately could tell she had been through a "very tragic" and "bloody" event and someone close in her family, possibly a child, may have made a discovery in the case. Uss's young son discovered Yelenic's body.
"I felt I had to bring them down here," Uss said.
Clark said any information obtained yesterday will be forwarded to investigators.
Clark said the psychics told authorities in July that they thought the bloody knife used in the attack and clothes are buried near a silo.
"We're willing to try everything to move the case forward," Clark said.
The psychics told Clark and Uss yesterday that they feel the case will eventually be solved.
During last week's hearing, Deputy Attorney General Anthony Krastek connected Foley, 42, to the slaying through DNA evidence, bloody shoe prints at the scene and testimony of several of Foley's co-workers. The state troopers testified at the hearing that Foley would often say to them that he wished Yelenic would die.
District Judge Guy Haberl ruled there was sufficient evidence for Foley to stand trial for murder. He is being held without bond in the county jail.