Body discovery prompts homicide probe: Is it Vandergrift’s Ronny Cable? |

Body discovery prompts homicide probe: Is it Vandergrift’s Ronny Cable?

Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Tracks lead to where it is believed that Westmoreland County Detectives, the county coroners office, and a Mercyhurst Forensic Anthropology team, unearthed human remains in a remote wooded area off of Strawcutter Road along Kiser Lane in Derry Township, on Friday, March 10, 2017.
Ronny Cable

Ronny Marie Cable smiled, snapped a selfie and wished everyone on Facebook a “good day” on Feb. 16. That was hours before she disappeared from her Vandergrift home.

“Trying to get my lazy butt to Walmart. Hope everybody’s having a good day,” the 34-year-old mother of two posted at 5:56 p.m. Feb. 16.

It was the last time she would reach out to friends on social media.

On Friday, authorities discovered what they believe to be the remains of the missing woman buried in a grave in a remote wooded area off Strawcutter Road in Derry Township. A forensic anthropology team from Mercyhurst University was called in to assist the Westmoreland County coroner and detectives as they worked to recover the body in the snowy woods.

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said Saturday morning that the circumstances that led county detectives to the site and items found there lead them to believe that the remains excavated from the scene on Friday belong to Cable.

“As yet, we lack definitive proof to identify the remains as Ronny,” Peck said.

Authorities are investigating the death as a homicide, Peck said, adding that detectives have identified suspects in the case.

Cable was seen on surveillance cameras at the Wal-Mart in Harrison on the evening of Feb. 16 with two white men.

Vandergrift police said Cable was seen with the same men at her home later that night. All three left in a red Chevrolet car.

The last time a charge was made on Cable’s bank account was the following night at a bar in a neighboring town. Police said she has not used her phone since Feb. 16.

Court records show Cable, who moved to Vandergrift in November, had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years.

She was placed on probation after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered in Jeannette in 2012 and conspiracy to commit theft in Greensburg in 2013. A retail theft charge filed in Greensburg last year remains open on court dockets.

But her Facebook posts suggest Cable, who attended Windber High School and the Greater Johnstown Career and Technical Vo-Tech, was trying to turn her life around.

Her page is filled with smiling selfies and inspirational quotes from sites such as the Power of Positivity.

“A few bad chapters does not mean your story is over,” she posted on Feb. 5.

Debra Erdley and Renatta Signorini are Tribune-Review staff writers. Reach Erdley at 412-320-7996 or [email protected]. Reach Signorini at 724-837-5374 or [email protected].

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