In Adams County, the family of Kate Petrocco, a service manager who died mysteriously in July, wants her former boss and District Attorney, Dave Young, to be absent from the investigation.
According to a sworn affidavit, Petrocco wrote that she had been in a “romantic relationship” with the married DA.
While refusing to directly point her finger at anyone, Moira Sharkey, the victim’s sister, spoke out against including the DA in the investigation.
“We asked the Adams County sheriff directly to firewall him off from the investigation. I feel somebody killed my sister. I don’t know who. I don’t claim to know who,” she said. “But I feel that it’s inappropriate for someone that she was in a romantic relationship with to have any oversight over that investigation because, in my opinion, it compromises the integrity of the whole thing.”
So far, Young has said nothing about any romantic relationship between the two. When contacted, his office stated that they weren’t involved in any investigation, and if a case were to open up then Young would appoint a special prosecutor in his stead, as Petrocco was one of his employees.
Currently, police are investigating Petrocco’s death as a suicide, according to the Adam’s County Sherriff’s Office. However, the victim was involved in divorce proceedings which have been left unresolved – it was for these proceedings the aforementioned affidavit was initially drawn up.
In addition, Petrocco had charges filed against her husband, Dave Petrocco Jr., for domestic violence before. He eventually pled guilty to two misdemeanors – criminal mischief and third-degree assault. Out of three domestic violence arrests, he was convicted only once, a fact which his sister paints as a positive in an interview with 9News.
The victim’s father, a former FBI agent and prosecutor, said he was “wildly disappointed” with the investigation into Petrocco’s death. As is, details are few and far between. As is, the Sheriff’s Office has yet to release any details of an autopsy, which is said to still be incomplete. That therefore begs the question of why Petrocco’s death is being investigated as a suicide, if there is little to no evidence of that.
The victim’s family believes that the mother of two could never have taken her own life, claiming that Petrocco wouldn’t have shirked her paternal duties. While admitting that the victim did suffer from alcoholism, her sister is adamant that she was the victim of a homicide.
“She, as a person, would not do this,” said Sharkey. “We believe, without a doubt, that she would not leave her children.”
So far in the investigation, there has been no need for any Adams County bail bonds. With the Sheriff’s Office investigating Petrocco’s death as a suicide, there’s been no one to arrest, even with the lineup of likely suspects. The only option left for her frustrated family is to grieve, at least until more information comes out. Until then, the situation remains as unresolved as the divorce proceedings of Kate and Dave Petrocco Jr.