SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- State police and FBI have been at a home in Sugarloaf Township for much of the day in connection with the investigation into a man missing since last year. Investigators are now saying this is a criminal homicide investigation.
State police and FBI search teams arrived at the home of Bill Morse on Hollow Road in Sugarloaf Township on Wednesday morning. Their investigation is concentrated near a barn where they have a staging area set up. Evidence response teams and state police were seen removing logs and brush from an area along the edge of this property. Investigators brought in K-9 units and sifters and closed Hollow Road to traffic.
Bill Morse has been missing since June 11, 2018, and was last seen reportedly by his son getting into a dark-colored pickup truck at the end of his driveway here and never returning.
Friends tell us Morse lived in this home with his wife and their adult son.
"It’s sort of scary," said township resident Andy Sanko.
A friend of Morse who is behind a Facebook page about Morse's disappearance says he believes foul play was involved.
On Tuesday, state police said photos from that Facebook page were also used in an online dating profile that has been active for the past several months.
This search involves Morse's home on Hollow Road in Sugarloaf Township as well as other locations in southern Luzerne County not disclosed by police.
"I have no idea, maybe he took off," Sanko said. "I don't know what he did, or maybe something happened to him."
The search warrant for this property is sealed so it could be some time before we find out what investigators are looking for.
Troopers have also not said where else they are looking.
No one has been charged in the disappearance of Bill Morse.