Closings & Delays

Missing Penn State professor pushed off a cliff to his death

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STATE COLLEGE, PA —  A Penn State professor that was reported missing August 15th has been found dead.

State Police  are now saying Ronald V. Bettig, 56, was pushed off a cliff at a quarry.

State Police say the Media Studies professor at main campus was found at the bottom of an 80 foot cliff at the Hanson Quarry in Potter Township, near State College.

Troopers have made an arrest in the homicide.

George IshlerAn investigation revealed George G. Ishler Jr., 39, drove the victim to the quarry under a ruse. While at the quarry the suspect pushed the victim off a ledge.  On Wednesday, August 17th, State Police discovered Bettig’s body at the bottom of a ravine type area at the quarry. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Centre County Coroner.

According to court papers, during an interview Friday morning, Ishler confessed to killing Bettig.  He has been charged with First Degree Murder, Third Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Tampering with evidence.

Ishler is being held at the Centre County Correctional Facility without bail.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for August 31st at the Bellefonte Courthouse.

The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Rockview at 814-355-7545.

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