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Episode #78: Paul Kochu - Murdered? (2014)

Updated: Sep 2, 2022

Paul Kochu had just graduated from the nursing program at Duquesne University and was working in the ICU at Allegheny General Hospital in December 2014. Unfortunately, his bright future was cut short by what the Medical Examiner calls an “undetermined freshwater drowning.” His family, however, does not accept this manner of death and believes something more sinister may have happened. How did this kind-hearted nurse end up face down in the Ohio River, 85 miles from his home in the South Side?



PAUL KOCHU


Birth: 5/29/1992 - Death: (Officially listed as) 2015


Ethnicity: Caucasian - Sex: Male


Hometown: Pottstown, PA/ Was residing in Pittsburgh, PA - Allegheny County


Crime Scene: Unknown - Body found in Ohio River in Wheeling, WV

Last Known Location Alive: Wharton St, South Side, Pittsburgh

Injury Description:

Suspect Description: Unknown

Additional Information:


DNA: No

Fingerprints: No


If you have any information about the death of Paul Kochu the number for the Pittsburgh Police Department is 412-255-2621


Sources:

https://www.cbsnews.com/pittsburgh/news/kdka-mysteries-paul-kochu/

https://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/who-is-paul-kochu-and-why-do-some-think-hes-a-victim-of-the-smiley-face-killers

https://www.wtae.com/article/body-of-missing-southside-nurse-paul-kochu-found/7470767

https://abcnews.go.com/US/surveillance-footage-shows-missing-pittsburgh-nurse-paul-kochu/story?id=27898218

https://www.wpxi.com/news/local/autopsy-confirms-paul-kochus-death-was-result-drow/32122917/

http://www.duqsm.com/missing-duquesne-alum-kochu-one-of-two-bodies-idd-by-police/

https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/pennsylvania/kochu-family-holds-out-hope-of-finding-missing-son/article_c47794ba-9531-5868-96c3-b1e47de63da8.html

Three Rivers Two Mysteries Podcast by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette by Michael Fuoco and Ashley Murray



About Paul/GoFundMe:

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/pottsmerc/name/paul-kochu-obituary?pid=174535581

https://www.gofundme.com/f/2kjk4b9c



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