04 - 24 - 2013 Police scour Huntingdon Co. camp in missing woman case.
A remote hunting camp in Warriors Mark Township was again the scene of an intense police search Tuesday for the remains of an Altoona woman who went missing in 1999. Authorities are investigating the womanâs father-in-law, Kenneth Leighty, 65, of Altoona, who owns the camp, after he allegedly told his son last week that he killed Sherry Jean Leighty and disposed of her body at the site. Kenneth Leighty hasnât been charged in the death of his daughter-in-law, but he has been jailed since Friday on charges of attacking an officer when police tried to speak with him about the case. Sherry Leighty was 21 when she was last seen in October 1999, the month that her divorce from Kennethâs son, Aaron, was finalized and her father got full custody of the coupleâs three children, then ages 7, 3 and 1. Kenneth Leighty had told police he took Sherry Leighty to work the day of her disappearance, then went to work himself. Police have since determined, however, that he was off work at the time. Kenneth Leighty was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment for his alleged confrontation with police at his home. He remained in the Blair County Prison unable to post $250,000 bond.