Aug. Death Of Friendsville Man Ruled ...

Aug. Death Of Friendsville Man Ruled Homicide By State Medical ...

There are 50 comments on the The Republican story from Oct 16, 2008, titled Aug. Death Of Friendsville Man Ruled Homicide By State Medical .... In it, The Republican reports that:

Maryland State Police announced yesterday that the August death of former Friendsville resident Derek R. Bittinger, 36, has been ruled a homicide by the Maryland State Medical Examiner's Office.

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paul from nevada

Canonsburg, PA

#41 May 12, 2012

I read the new comments on here and have to say to the young mans sister that wrote about the day that broke her heart. I know it had to be hard for her to write what she did, because she relived that day. I still can not understand what the problem is that they have not arrested those momsters and threw away the key. I wish there was something that we the kayakers could do to help, Let me say this for what it is worth we have not came to friendsville to ride the rapids since, and we won't untill they solve his murder. although if any of the family should need us for anything you can get in touch with me via this forum and I will respond. My prayers are with his family Paul
GBM

Pittsburgh, PA

#42 May 13, 2012
Thank you Paul, it helps to know that there are still people that follow this forum. We are hoping that someone will come forward if they know anything that will help. Although we are sure who these monsters are. The State's attorney has done nothing to help put those responsible where they belong.
Sister as well

Morgantown, WV

#43 May 14, 2012
My dad has always taught me you treat people how you want to be treated and in my heart I believe this I really do. One day those monsters will go through and endure the pain they have caused us!! When I read my sisters post on here I felt as though it was that day all over again!! I know how hard it was for her to write that I know the pain she felt and as a family we stood together and even though it was one of the toughest times in our lives we will ever experience it has made us stronger as a family because all we have is our families!! The shMe of it all is those who done this and those who were there apparently have no clue what the meaning o family is. Had they, maybe their conscience would have led them to confess better yet stopped them in the tracks they walked in the night!! Anyways I know that one day justice will be served if not by the law, then on judgement day and when it does let the hurt they have caused us over power those monsters too no end!! We love and miss you Deek!!
Stephanie

United States

#44 May 17, 2012
Sister wrote:
On August 6 2008 I set out for a day of shopping with my daughter and niece. We had just made it to town when my youngest brother called with the news that our oldest brother Derek had gone missing and they were bringing in a diving team and helicopter to aide in the search. I quickly made arrangements for care for my niece and daughter and made my way to Friendsville to be with my father and brother. I ran down the path to the place so many know as Kendall to be with my father and brother. When I arrived at the spot where my brother had been camping and saw the countless divers and police officers I realized our life's were changing forever. I stood with my Dad and brother as they combed the water for my brother. I received a call that my mother was waiting in town so I left the river bank to be with her. It was a few short hours later that I learned they found my brothers body in the river. I had to deliver the news to my mother that her first born son was gone. At the same time my youngest brother was with my Dad as they identified their brother and son. I then had to go tell the mother of Derek's two beautiful girls the horrific news. Our family grieved together that entire evening. The next day I stood beside my Mom and Dad and picked out a casket for my brother you would think that was the hardest part but it wasn't picking out a hat for him to wear at the funeral because his head was soo badly damaged was by far one of the hardest things we have done in our lives. Someone is responsible for the death of our brother and justice needs to be served our family has endured soo much grief and we need closure. I cant imagine how hard this is to read try living it. This is just what they have taken from me. Derek has a Mom and Dad, 3 other siblings and 3 wonderful children imagine what has been taken from them. We buried our brother on my Dads property so that we can be with him every day. A hammock hangs by the headstone that my Dad crafted with his bear hands so that we may sit and talk with Derek and take back some of those stolen moments. For those that have information pertaining to his death please come forth.
I LOVE YOU ... I am truly very sorry for everything you went thru that day and I AM VERY SORRY I could not of been there for you...
PLEASE know I am always here for you and will ALWAYS ALWAYS love you!
Stephanie

United States

#45 May 17, 2012
Sister as well wrote:
My dad has always taught me you treat people how you want to be treated and in my heart I believe this I really do. One day those monsters will go through and endure the pain they have caused us!! When I read my sisters post on here I felt as though it was that day all over again!! I know how hard it was for her to write that I know the pain she felt and as a family we stood together and even though it was one of the toughest times in our lives we will ever experience it has made us stronger as a family because all we have is our families!! The shMe of it all is those who done this and those who were there apparently have no clue what the meaning o family is. Had they, maybe their conscience would have led them to confess better yet stopped them in the tracks they walked in the night!! Anyways I know that one day justice will be served if not by the law, then on judgement day and when it does let the hurt they have caused us over power those monsters too no end!! We love and miss you Deek!!
I love you lil sis and I am ALWAYS here for you!
Stephanie

United States

#46 May 17, 2012
I have been re-posting this forum on my facebook page after the bank in Friendsville was robbed a week or so ago,with HIGH hopes and many prayers that as someone searched for information on the robbery, they would come across my post and have information pertaining to Derek's (my brother)death. I have recieved several good leads and am doing all that I can to piece together the information. All I have to say is that "IF" anyone know anything whether it be a name, some random story you might have been told, facts, ANYTHING...PLEASE do not hesitate to contact me..I will meet with you personally or you can contact me via this forum or my Facebook page Stephanie Bittinger-Grasser, no need to friend request me if you only want to send a private message that is fine also. PLEASE do not worry about anything...we understand you may be scared or worried for some reason or another...but trust in the Lord, He will give you strength and bravery to do what IS right!
ANY INFORMATION IS APPRECIATED...Again Thank You All For Your Concerns and Prayers For Our Family
God Bless
someone somewherw

United States

#47 Dec 7, 2012
Resident wrote:
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This was taken directly from the article:
No arrests have yet been made in the case, which remains under investigation by MSP. Investigation has led police to believe that Bittinger may have been pushed into the river, but then left and re-entered the river on his own.
Police are continuing to interview and reinterview various people as part of the investigation.
There is never going to be any justice it's very odd though, that people who murdered Derek are still walking the streets of fville if it says right here RULED A HOMICIDE that means murder well now days evidently its ok to murder someone with 3 kids and a family and break everyone's heart's when Derek did nothing to these trashy friendsville low life drugg addicted scum bags of the earth but like I said there's no justice just going to have to set back and watch karma do its thing I mean one person that was there that night's already dead another man that was there got in a car accident and lets just say he's not the same any more..... I just wish this was still under investigation it wouldn't be hard to find out the truth and then all the people who were there that night you all are just as guilty......
mother

Pittsburgh, PA

#48 Feb 19, 2013
To the person known as someone somewhere, your statement is just how I feel. I do not understand why at the very least the justice for Derek has not been given. All the people there that nite know exactly what happened and why they keep silent is beyond me. Maybe they are afraid or maybe they have no hearts, how can they sleep at nite. I know that his family has never been able to have peace. We just wnat to know what actually happened. Everyone there that nite is as guilty has the two or three people that caused his death because they have done nothing to help us know the truth or nothing to help Derek.
Stephanie

United States

#49 Apr 26, 2013
My brother Derek, his children and family as well as the people of Friendsville do deserve answers (justice),as a matter of fact that is what led me to Topix this morning!
I had a dream last night and in it there was a person whom I could hear talking about him and even though I was standing close to this person in my dream I could not hear what they were saying. The person in my dream seemed to know exactly what happened and wanted to tell us and was actually doing so in my dream but no matter how close I got to this person I just could not hear their words!!! It has been bothering me since I woke up at 5 a.m. so I got up to see if there were any new comments about him on Topix or the internet anywhere for that matter. I thought maybe it was a sign that I needed to check into and I was surprised to see that Topix actually had new comments since my last post in May of 2012. I have been told by a few different individuals that the younger individuals there the night of Derek's death have actually made comments about what happened to my brother that night. They also said that the night he was killed, they were threatened that if they said anything they would be next. Giving the benefit of the doubt to those individuals who were there, its understandable that you may have been scared for your own life BUT it has been almost 5 years since his death and you have already told numerous others what happened that night and you are still unharmed since doing so!!!!! WHY can you not go to the proper authorities and TELL?????? The ONLY way to help get what happened to my brother off your hearts is to bring him and our family peace, you may still be scared of what might happen to you if you tell but don't you think you would be better off to deal with the truth while having the opportunity to feel peace yourself, for doing so, or would it be easier for one of your peers who were there as well the night of his death to finally come out and tell what happened and then you can just sit and wait to see what happens before you say anything? Don't allow yourself to be a follower anymore become a leader and lead Derek's death to justice so that we his family can begin to heal! PLEASE HELP US
DEREKS MOTHER

New Castle, PA

#50 Mar 22, 2015
concerned wrote:
why have they not arrested the people that commited this crime?
WELL HERE IT IS GONNA BE SEVEN YEARS AND NOT ONE ANSWER AS TO WHY MY SON DIED UP THAT RIVER, IF ALL THOSE PEOPLE THAT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED ARE SO INNOCENT THAN WHY HAS NOT ONE PERSON CAME FORWARD AND AT LEAST TOLD US WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. I WOULD NOT WANT ANY OF THEM TO FEEL THE LOSS THAT WE FEEL. THE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS, NO CLOSURE. DO THEY EVER EVEN THINK ABOUT HIM, WELL WE DO EVERYDAY OF OUR LIVES. WE MISS HIS SMILE AND ALL HIS LITTLE PRANKS HE USED TO PLAY. I LIE AWAKE AT NITE AND THE NOT KNOWING ALMOST TAKES MY BREATH AWAY. SOMEDAY YOU ARE ALL GONNA HAVE CHILDREN OF YOUR OWN AND I PRAY THAT WHEN YOU DO IT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH HURT YOU HAVE CAUSED US. SO PLEASE IF YOU ARE READING THIS AND HAVE ANY KIND OF A HEART HELP US HAVE SOME PEACE. GOD KNOWS WHO YOU ARE AND IF YOU WANT PEACE IN GODS EYES THAN DO THE RIGHT THING. HELP THIS FAMILY. GOD WILL FORGIVE YOU, BUT YOU HAVE TO ASK AND TRY TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT. GLENNA BITTINGER

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