CANTON TOWNSHIP -- Troopers now say they suspect foul play in the disappearance of Michelle Inch. She is the woman who has been missing since a violent home invasion and arson near Montoursville.
That home invasion took place early Wednesday morning. Linda Inch escaped and Gary Inch needed to be rescued from their burning home.
Their daughter's boyfriend, Michael Houseweart was arrested and charged.
Authorities have been searching for Michelle Inch in both Lycoming and Bradford counties after finding blood on the outside of her vehicle which was found in Canton on Thursday.
"Bring Michelle home." Those three words motivated one group in Bradford County to search for Michelle in some woods which are part of the Tioga State Forest near Canton.
“Michelle we love your face, we miss you, please come home,” said Tammi Knight, a friend.
Inch was last seen Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the home of her boyfriend, Michael Houseweart, near Canton.
Troopers say 9 hours later Houseweart and another man broke into Inch's family home near Montoursville. They tied up her parents with duct tape and set the place on fire.
On Thursday, Inch's car was discovered, less than a mile from her boyfriend’s home. Police say blood was found on the outside of the vehicle.
“Anything any information, just let anyone know. If you have seen her, you heard anything, we just want her home,” said Annette Laudenslager, a friend.
Searchers say they are trying to honor Michelle's spirit by staying optimistic.
Friends in Bradford County started their search near the Lambs Hill Picnic area because it was a place Inch and Houseweart liked to take walks. They are asking people who live between Montoursville and Canton to be on the lookout
“If you have a cabin somewhere in the woods just go check it for us, that is all we ask, just go check it,” added Kelly Robbins, a friend.
This family friend says she believes Houseweart knows where inch will be found. Robbins added, “I just want him to talk and tell us where she is at. Everyone knows he was the last person with her.”
Friends are planning a candlelight vigil for Sunday night at the Montoursville Area High School from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.