JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ)– Upper Yoder Township Police Department has released a photo of the suspect they believe left the threatening note outside of the Westmont Hilltop Junior-Senior High school.
In an interview with the Upper Yoder Township Chief of Police, John F. Blake, the gender of the suspect is unknown, but they can be described as having dark hair and glasses. Footage captured them wearing a pink hoodie, gray sweatpants and black and white sneakers.
Blake also confirmed that five suspects were interviewed and a majority were eliminated. The investigation is ongoing at this time and they are submitting evidence to the crime lab.
The School has said in a release that school district will be canceled on Wednesday, Feb 1 to allow the investigation to move forward. Read the full release below.
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Students were dismissed from the Westmont Hilltop Junior-Senior High School on Monday, Jan. 30 after the administration found a threatening note outside of the building.
WHSD dismissed students at 11 a.m. under “police supervision,” according to a post on Facebook.
According to a release from the school, the threatening note was found by the administration. The school contacted law enforcement and together a review was done. The parties determined that the best course of action was to dismiss the school to a secondary location.
During the dismissal, students were transported to the elementary school to be picked up by their parents.
“Based on the availability of school bus drivers, we coordinated the student dismissal with the GJCTC dismissal. The dismissal to the reunification site was successful with all students being returned to their parents safely within two hours of dismissal,” Thomas R. Mitchell, Superintendent wrote.
Below is the full release from the Westmont Hilltop School District Superintendent.
If you have any information about the incident you’re asked to call the Upper Yoder Police Department at 814-255-6227.
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Students who drove and left their vehicles at the school will be allowed to come back to get them between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., the district added.
The Cambria County District Attorneys’ Office said, “Given the ongoing nature of this matter and the fact that we are early on in the investigation, we do not have any further comment relative to the investigation at this time.”
You can read the full press release from the District Attorneys office below: