On Dec. 28, 1997, the body of 29-year-old medical student Anthony Proviano was found in eastern Ohio, several days after he failed to arrive at his family's annual Christmas celebration in Baldwin Borough.
Anthony's death initially was ruled a suicide, and his parents and Belmont County, Ohio, investigators struggled for nearly a decade to discover what really happened.
In 12 consecutive installments, Post-Gazette reporter Steve Levin unravels the intricacies of a case that is every parent's nightmare and every investigator's struggle.
Levin, who has covered the story since Christmas Day 1997, utilized scores of interviews plus court testimony, police records, correspondence and his own reporting to develop a modern-day whodunit.
Check back as the story unfolds each day.
Chapter One: A son fails to arrive home
Chapter Two: A stroke of luck, finding the car
Chapter Three: The body is found, the questions begin
Chapter Four: At home, taking stock, preparing to grieve
Chapter Five: The leads pour in
Chapter Six: The autopsy
Chapter Seven: Dashed Dreams, Buoyed Hopes
Chapter Eight: A handwritten letter surfaces
Chapter Nine: The hairs don't match -- and a new cause of death
Chapter Ten: A retired detective offers to help
Chapter Eleven: A trial date is set -- and new discoveries
Chapter Twelve: A Life Interrupted: A guilty verdict
About the author
Staff writer Steve Levin, 52, has been a reporter and editor at the Post-Gazette since 1997, after working for Newsweek and People magazines, and newspapers in North Carolina and Texas. He is a 1976 graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Levin is a native of Chapel Hill, N.C., and the author of three nonfiction books.
Gallery of key figures
A timeline of the Proviano case, in pdf format
Questions or comments about the serial? E-mail reporter Steve Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org.