4 years later, location of murder victim's body revealed

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More than four years after Patrick Kenney's death, his remains, sawed to pieces by his killer, apparently have been found.

Bryan Sedlak, the Greenfield man who was convicted of third-degree murder for the killing in February, led authorities to a remote, undisclosed location, where they found bones that appeared to have been cut up with a power saw.

Mr. Sedlak, 37, was scheduled to be sentenced this morning by Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey A. Manning, who told Mr. Sedlak's attorney after his conviction that he could get a break on the sentence if he revealed Mr. Kenney's final resting place.

Assistant District Attorney Lisa Pellegrini told Judge Manning this morning that the remains could not be identified as Mr. Kenney for several weeks, so the sentencing was rescheduled for Aug. 11.

Mr. Sedlak's defense team contacted prosecutors on Friday with a last-minute proposal to reveal the remains. After searching for hours, Ms. Pellegrini said, police found four vertebrae, a pelvis, a tailbone and the top portions of a right and left femur. The bones were transported to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office, where they will be tested against DNA submitted by Mr. Kenney's parents.

Ms. Pellegrini said that Mr. Sedlak was less forthcoming than he could have been about the location of the remains. Ms. Pellegrini asked that Mr. Sedlak be more precise in describing where the body is because the family is especially interested in finding Mr. Kenney's skull.

The area they are searching -- which Judge Manning said will not be disclosed to protect the scientific integrity of the site -- is too wide even to take cadaver dogs, Ms. Pellegrini said.

Mr. Sedlak's attorney, Paul Boas, protested that his client has been as compliant as possible with prosecutors' demands.

Mr. Sedlak, shackled and dressed in a black suit, was emotionless during the brief hearing. Mr. Kenney's family, seated in the front row of the gallery, looked on with the same quiet sadness they showed during the trial.

In February, Mr. Sedlak testified that a friend, cocaine dealer Robert Hoover, got rid of the body and never told him where he put it. Mr. Hoover denied aiding in getting rid of the corpse. Mr. Sedlak said he only heard rumors later about the whereabouts of Mr. Kenney, 22, of Jefferson Hills.

Mr. Sedlak admitted killing Mr. Kenney with a rifle Feb. 2, 2005, but said it was in self-defense as Mr. Kenney tried to rob him in the midst of a cocaine binge.

Daniel Malloy can be reached at dmalloy@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1731.


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