Man Arrested In Death Of Pregnant Amish Woman Found Dead In Her Pennsylvania Home

Aiexpress –  Police have made an arrest in connection with the death of 23-year-old pregnant Rebekah Byler, which has shocked an Amish community in Pennsylvania.

Shawn Cranston, a 52-year-old man from Corry, Pennsylvania, was arrested early Saturday morning in connection with the murder of the Amish woman. He is now facing multiple charges, including criminal homicide, criminal homicide of an unborn child, burglary, and criminal trespass.

Cranston’s criminal complaint states that he killed her by “shooting her in the head and/or slashing her throat.”

Cranston was arraigned Saturday morning and is being held without bond at the Crawford County Jail.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, officers rushed to a Sparta Township residence on February 26 and discovered Byler deceased. Byler’s cause of death has not been revealed.


Sparta Township is a small township in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, situated outside the borough of Spartansburg and approximately 35 miles southeast of Erie.

“Everyone is stunned—this doesn’t happen here,” Charleen Hajec, a Spartanburg native and pharmacist, told ABC News. “Everyone’s chatting.” It’s frightening and frustrating.”

Hajec said she couldn’t believe a murder would occur in Sparta Township, which she described as a “tight-knit community.”

“The outside world doesn’t get in,” Hajec remarked. “To have something this tragic… it doesn’t happen here.”

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