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Wyatt was 4 years old when he was last seen playing outside. He lived in Greene Township near Hookstown. Wyatt had a congenital heart condition that required him to take medication. A massive search was conducted. The search ended sadly by Wyatt’s body being found in a septic tank. Police think it was a homicide because Wyatt was to small to move the lid of tank by himself. His father was taken into coustody.

 

Wyatt Thomas Smitsky, 4

September 9, 2009

The Review
HOOKSTOWN - Wyatt Thomas Smitsky, 4, our Little Warrior nicknamed "Buck," was unexpectedly taken away from us on Sept. 4, 2009.

Born to Terri and Johnny Smitsky Jr. of Feb. 16, 2005, he also leaves behind two loving sisters, Tallylynn and Paige; paternal grandfather, Johnny Smitsky Sr., Hookstown; paternal grandmother, Kayda Smitsky,Weirton; maternal grandfather, Terry Randy Beck, Imperial; maternal grandmother, Cindy Beck, Georgetown; paternal great-grandparents, Tom and Shirley Smitsky, Hookstown; maternal great-grandmother, Joyce Beck, Imperial; and several loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 1-8 p.m. in the Hookstown Free Methodist Church where services will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Wilmer J. Olszewski. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Florence, Pa. Welch Funeral Home, Hookstown, entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wyatt Thomas Smitsky Fund, c/o Hookstown Free Methodist Church, Hookstown, Pa., 15050.

 

Pittsburghlive.com
Beaver County boy, 4, found dead in septic tank; father a suspect
A young boy who was said to have wandered away from his home was found this afternoon in a spetic tank, said state police, who have launched a homicide investigation. Four-year-old Wyatt Thomas Smitsky was reported last night as playing outside his home in Greene Township near Hookstown in Beaver County, when he was disappeared. An extensive search began. Wyatt has a congenital heart condition that requires medication.

Authorities today obtained a search warrant and drained a septic tank, where they found Wyatt's body, said Trooper Robert Lagoon of the Beaver County state police barracks.

"We have located the body of the child in a septic tank. We have a known suspect and anticipate filing charges," Lagoon said.

An autopsy would be conducted Sunday, according to state police, and charges are not likely to be filed until after then.

Lagoon said the boy's father, John Smitsky Jr., was taken into custody and being questioned. Authorities said they were also questioning other family members and neighbors.

The septic tank is located between two houses and is less than 50 feet from the youngster's home.

"It's a homicide investigation," said state police Lt. Thomas Dubovi. "We believe he could not have gotten into that septic tank by himself. The cover is too big for a 4-year-old boy."

Search teams, dogs and helicopters looked for Wyatt until about 3:30 this morning and resumed the search at 10 a.m. The FBI also assisted because of the boy's age.

At least 500 people from the community took part in the search.

 

A11news.com
Wyatt Smitsky -  The body of missing 4-year old Wyatt Smitsky was found in a septic tank 50 feet from his parents home and his father named a suspect by Pennsylvania state police.

 

Wyatt Smitsky, who’d already had three surgeries for a congenital heart defect, went missing while playing outside Friday evening with his two sisters, Tally,6, and Paige, 3.

Police interviewed both of his parents, John Smitsky Jr. and Terri Smitsky, and ultimately obtained a search warrant for the septic tank that named the father as a suspect. However, no charges have yet been filed.

 

“We have located the body of the child in a septic tank. We have a known suspect and anticipate filing charges,” said Trooper Robert Lagoon of the Beaver County state police barracks.

“It’s a homicide investigation,” said state police Lt. Thomas Dubovi. “We believe he could not have gotten into that septic tank by himself. The cover is too big for a 4-year-old boy.”

An autopsy was performed Sunday on Wyatt Smitsky, but Beaver County Coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi said Monday that more tests are needed.

John Smitsky maintains he had nothing to do with his son’s death.

“As far as he is concerned, it’s an accident,” Smitsky’s lawyer Joseph Horowitz said. “He’s just very upset about the loss of his son, and he wants to go home with his family.”

And that’s the latest news on the shocking death of 4-year old Wyatt Smitsky.

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