Missing judge, 91, found alive in wooded area

Kosik, whom U.S. Marshals said has been taking medication for memory loss, had been last seen trying to enter Bill's ShopRite on the Daleville Highway in Covington Township late on Tuesday night. He had left his wallet and phone at home. Pane said investigators haven't yet ruled out foul play.

Capt. Chris Paris, of Pennsylvania State Police, said investigators believe Kosik's 2015 grey Acura RDX had a full tank of gas.

A missing 91-year-old federal judge from Lackawanna County, who oversaw the infamous "kids for cash" trial in northeastern Pennsylvania, has been located alive, the U.S. Marshals Service has told the Associated Press.

State police searched the area via helicopter but found no immediate trace of Kosik's gray 2015 Acura SUV, which has driver's-side damage.

Pane says Kosik was conscious and talking.

Quickly realizing what they had stumbled on, the teens went home and told their parents and called police, prompting a K-9 to quickly discover Judge Kosik about 100 yards away from his vehicle.

Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner had issued a statement saying the court was "obviously very anxious about our dear colleague" and was "hoping for a quick and safe return". He noted that the US marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Martin Pane, had gotten a haircut. He had been reported missing Wednesday afternoon.

Kosik has been a federal judge for more than 30 years.

Kosik was wearing blue jeans and a blue winter coat, the same clothes he was wearing when last seen Tuesday. Pennsylvania State Police Captain Christopher Paris answers questions during a press conference about the disappearance of federal judge Edwin Kosik, 91, in the William J. Nealon Federal Building and U.

Kosik stopped hearing cases last month because of health issues.

The local judges — who were accused of taking money from the developer of a pair of for-profit youth detention centers — initially pleaded guilty to federal charges, but Kosik rejected the deal, saying they hadn't fully accepted responsibility for the crimes. Kosik sentenced one judge to 17 1/2 years and the other judge to 28 years in prison.

During his three decades on the federal bench, Kosik presided over several high-profile cases, chief among them the "Kids for Cash" scandal.

  • Carolyn Briggs