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February 16. 2013 5:24PM

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WILKES-BARRE ‚?? Police have finished searching a 2006 Ford F350 and released it on Friday as they continue to seek data from a global positioning satellite unit to determine if the large pickup truck was traveling on Hazle Avenue at the time Rebecca McCallick was struck by a vehicle.

McCallick, 19, died after being hit outside of her apartment at 199 Hazle Ave. at about 2:23 a.m. on July 24. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and sped away.

Police first expressed an interest in the truck, registered to Daniel Loughnane, after McCallick‚??s boyfriend, John Schenck, identified it as the vehicle that struck McCallick, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Police allege they found suspected hair and a bone fragment on the undercarriage and driver‚??s side wheel and door areas when the truck was searched on Tuesday.

An unidentified man arrived at city police headquarters just before 2 p.m. Friday and drove the pickup out of the basement garage 10 minutes later.

The man smiled at reporters and photographers as he drove the truck, which had a diesel engine and loud exhaust, up the ramp turning onto North Washington Street.

Later Friday afternoon, the truck was not at Loughnane‚??s house at 71 W. Liberty St., Hanover Township, where police impounded the vehicle without a warrant on Aug. 9.

Earlier on Friday, two search warrants for data from the truck‚??s Garmin GPS and Loughnane‚??s Motorola cellphone records were approved by District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.

Investigators are seeking to retrieve data from the GPS of the truck‚??s movements from July 23 through Aug. 14.

Several Garmin GPS units keep information of routes traveled, according to the company‚??s website.

It was not known what GPS model of Garmin was taken from the Ford. Police only listed the GPS‚?? serial number on the search warrant receipt of items seized from the truck.

A message left at Garmin‚??s media relations department was not returned on Friday.

Along with the GPS and cellphone, investigators are attempting to piece together Loughnane‚??s whereabouts on July 23 and July 24.

Schenck, 23, told police he was arguing with McCallick when she ran out of their apartment and onto Hazle Avenue. He claimed he yelled at McCallick to get out of the road as he saw a truck, he described as being a diesel with a loud exhaust, traveling up Hazle Avenue and striking McCallick, the affidavit says.

Police on Tuesday night seized a video digital recorder from Gentlemen‚??s Club 10, a strip club on Mundy Street, Wilkes-Barre Township, where Jeff Erdman, 40, claimed he and Loughnane were before the fatal hit and run, according to the search warrant.

Erdman told police he was with Loughnane earlier at Liam‚??s Place, a tavern Loughnane owns on North Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre. Erdman claimed they then went to the strip club, leaving at about 2 a.m. with Loughnane giving him a ride in the Ford F350 to his apartment, the search warrant alleges.

Police noted in the search warrant Erdman‚??s apartment is less than two miles from where McCallick was struck.

No charges have been filed.


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