Hospital: Federal judge in fair condition

Edwin Michael Kosik, the 91-year-old judge, was reported to be last seen at his home outside the northwestern city of Scranton Wednesday afternoon.

The U.S. Marshals Service is looking for a 91-year-old federal judge who has been reported missing from his Pennsylvania home.

A federal judge in Scranton has been reported missing, according to U.S. Marshals.

Edwin Kosik, whose age has been listed at 91 and 92 in recent days, lives in Lackawanna County and didn't return from a trip to the grocery store, WBRE/WYOU said on its website.

Investigators say he suffers from a mild case of memory loss and was taking medication. "That said, at this time, we can not rule out a criminal nexus to this case", said U.S. Marshal Martin Pane. Marshals say he's driving a gray 2015 Acura with driver's-side damage and may be "at special risk of harm or injury".

Prior to his tenure on the federal bench, Kosik served as the Lackawanna County president judge from 1979 to 1986.

The judges pleaded guilty to federal charges, but Kosik rejected the deal, saying they hadn't fully accepted responsibility for the crimes.

"I told him who I was, and his first statement to me was, 'You cut your hair.' He knew who I was", said Pane, who works in the federal courthouse in Scranton where Kosik spent more than 30 years on the bench. Kosik instead sentenced Conahan to 17 1/2 years in prison and sentenced Ciavarella to 28 years in prison. That sparked an intensive search involving the U.S. Marshals Service, state police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Pane says investigators haven't yet ruled out foul play. The judge left his wallet and phone at home.

His auto, a 2015 gray Acura RDX, registration JNC 1450, is also missing and has damage on the driver's side, which Holst said is unrelated.

He stopped handling cases last month. In that case, Kosik rejected a plea deal the USA attorney's office initially agreed to allowing former Luzerne County judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan to serve seven years in prison for accepting kickbacks from the developer and owner of a juvenile detention center.

  • Larry Hoffman