Pittsburgh Police Expand Search for Jimmy Slack

Investigators have put together a timeline leading up to Jimmy Slack's disappearance.

This story was posted on Dec. 16 - Pittsburgh police officers spent six hours Thursday scouring the North Side and nearby riverbanks with cadaver dogs and plan to expand their search for Jimmy Slack using rescue boats Friday.

Lt. Daniel Herrmann, an investigator with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police’s missing person’s unit, said , but are still holding out hope that Slack might be found alive.

“We’re still looking,” Herrmann told Chartiers Valley Patch. “Our plans are going out with a river rescue boat to examine the banks all the way down to McKees Rocks. Bridgeville did some excellent work and we’ve followed up with that.”

following the String Cheese Incident concert at Stage “AE” on the North Side. Since that night, his cell phone has been off, his bank cards haven’t been used and no one has come forward with any information on his whereabouts.

initiated the investigation before turning it over to Pittsburgh’s missing persons unit on Tuesday.

“We’ll do some other stuff,” Herrmann said. “It’s hard to do anything when you have no idea where this guy is at. We’re just going to keep at it.”

Herrmann said investigators went to some of the homeless camps on the North Side near the railroad tracks to see if anyone there saw him. Some said they already had seen his photo because of the canvassing Slack’s family did last weekend.

“The word’s out on him,” Herrmann said. “The family did a good job getting out the word.”


Investigators have put together this timeline leading up to Slack's disappearance:

  • Jimmy Slack leaves Bridgeville around 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 with Paulette Beadling, apparently traveling to her home in her vehicle. A friend eventually drives them to the String Cheese Incident concert at Stage “AE” but doesn't go to the concert.
  • After the first set ends around 9:30 p.m., Beadling goes to the concession stand to get something to drink. When she returns to the concert, Slack is gone and she begins looking for him.
  • Shortly after 10 p.m., Slack is photographed by an unidentified person who tells police she saw him outside Stage “AE” in a smoking area. The woman told police she did not see him for the remainder of the night, although it’s not clear if she knew Slack.
  • From 1 to 2 a.m. on Dec. 7, Slack and Beadling exchange several text messages and phone calls. Beadling texts that she found a ride home with their friend and gives Slack her address and the phone number to Yellow Cab Co. Workers at the cab company tell police they have no record of Slack calling them or receiving a ride.
  • The last time the two communicate is around 3 a.m. Police have said that Slack’s cell phone has been turned off since that time.


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Dawn December 16, 2011 at 05:59 PM
At what point does the FBI get involved? You would think with no new information they would have by now.
Paulette Beadling December 16, 2011 at 08:41 PM
The above timeline is not correct.
Paulette Beadling December 16, 2011 at 08:42 PM
In other words, the timeline is getting distorted from what I gave the investigator during our interview and what is being published here. That's all I am saying, but again, the above timeline is not correct.
Mike Jones (Editor) December 16, 2011 at 09:02 PM
Paulette... If there is a discrepancy, can you please fill in the gaps?
Jack Hartman December 17, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Paulette what is the correct time line?
Wade De Loe December 17, 2011 at 09:13 PM
I'd like to know more about this unidentified woman who just happened to take a photo of him in the smoking area outside of AE...Why did she take a photo of him if she didn't know him?
Mike Jones (Editor) December 17, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Me, too... And who are the people with him in the photo?
Jessica Flam December 17, 2011 at 09:52 PM
I agree with the 2 previous posts by Wade De Loe and Mike Jones. Any info pertaining to their questions?
Amy December 18, 2011 at 02:29 AM
Dawn, the FBI will not get involved in this case. I think the entire thing seems off. Somebody knows something and isn't forth coming with information. Or the police have a lead and are not releasing all of the information. Or the article was not written very well (meaning lack of information).
Mike Jones (Editor) December 18, 2011 at 03:18 AM
Amy... Maybe I'm biased, but I'm going with answer A to your comment.
Amy December 18, 2011 at 04:55 AM
Yes, I also think something is not being said. I have been following this case since it broke and with my experience, something is not right. I really did not mean it was not written in a well manner; it just sounds off because of the lack of and the confusing information given by the police and or witness's. There are way too many questions not being asked or perhaps answered by the authoriities. Sadly, I think that the Pittsburgh PD really did not take action fast enough and only did so after realizing that he has many family members and friends looking for him.
Mike Jones (Editor) December 18, 2011 at 05:01 AM
Pittsburgh police have been very public with their search efforts, but hopefully they're interviewing people behind the scenes to track down who saw him last. If someone snapped a photo of him between 10 and 11 p.m., then others had to see him at the concert venue or on the North Side later in the night. His clothing that night is obviously very distinguishable, so people should have remembered seeing him. We'll keep following this case and talking with investigators to get as much info out there as possible.
Dawn December 18, 2011 at 07:25 PM
I saw that his cell phone signal was last picked up in New Ken but yet there has been no reports of any searches being done in that area. So, yes they must have information they are not releasing if they are continuing to search the Pittsburgh area. That is a long way from Bridgeville and the North Shore. There has to be reason they are not searching and questioning in that area when it appears that it would make sense; unless they are and are not releasing that info which means they have information they are unable to share just yet. Agree with Wade, and the picture is obviously cropped. Who is missing from it?
Mike Jones (Editor) December 18, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Where did you hear his cell phone signal was picked up in New Kensington? I'd be somewhat skeptical of that info unless there's a police official releasing it.
Dawn December 18, 2011 at 07:50 PM
Maybe it is incorrect information. I thought I saw it in one of the news reports but can't recall the site and saw it here http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=157076 but the Post Gazette indicated that the family was distributing fliers in New Ken http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11347/1196573-100.stm?cmpid=latest.xml
Dawn December 18, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Whoever Pittsburgh 79 is in that forum, they post as though they are close to the family and have a lot of inside info.
Mike Jones (Editor) December 18, 2011 at 08:07 PM
I just spoke to Chief Chad King and he said since his phone has been turned off, the incoming calls are pinging off that New Ken tower because it acts as a default location for phones that are going straight to voicemail. A Verizon investigator who specializes in tracking calls explained this to police a few days after his disappearance. His last phone call that night, though, was coming from the North Side.
Dawn December 18, 2011 at 08:12 PM
I see, that makes sense. Thanks!
Enik December 19, 2011 at 02:40 AM
Has anyone investigated this photo? Whether it was taken before during or after. It does not appear as if it was a photo he was aware of. Typical pics with friends usually include smiling, sillyness something.....so who took this pic and where did it come from? This picture could be huge in this investigation. Could it have been a photo targetting him? It just is weird, who photographs random people? For the sake of his family and friends I really hope a christmas miracle happens for them!
Mike Jones (Editor) December 19, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Since there have been a few questions about the photo, I've uploaded exactly what Bridgeville police sent me last week. I cropped it the previous photo so his image would be bigger. Police said they talked to the girl who shot the photo, but we're not sure what exactly she told them. As far as someone using this photo to target him: It was taken four to five hours before he vanished, and I doubt someone who had a hand in his disappearance would send it to police.
care December 19, 2011 at 06:20 PM
We just want him hime safe. Im friends with his sister, and we wont give up searching or hoping. Thank you for helping keep this going, without everyones support and efforts it would be that much harder.
Dawn December 20, 2011 at 05:59 PM
I don't know... I think as an investigator after two weeks with no leads I would be circuling back to the last people that were with him. Just because there was text communication, doesn't mean that it was him texting; has it been confirmed that was his communication style? And why did his friend drive but then need a ride home? Perhaps to drunk or perhaps something else? Was her car searched? Was her ride questioned? Why is all his family, friends and even people that don't know him making their profile photos him or his search photos but the last person with him has not? This could all be way off... but the whole thing is off. Why is the family now searching meadville, erie, etc? Just expanding their search or for other reasons?
Mike Jones (Editor) December 20, 2011 at 06:06 PM
There will be a candlelight prayer vigil for Jimmy Slack and his family on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Bridgeville.
ED December 21, 2011 at 01:00 PM
"Why is the family now searching meadville, erie, etc?"...I suppose because he recently matriculated at Edinboro University and they think he may have returned to that area. As to your orignial question about FBI involvement, there is no evidence that any crime has been committed.
ED December 21, 2011 at 02:03 PM
"I think as an investigator after two weeks with no leads I would be circuling back to the last people that were with him.... Was her car searched? Was her ride questioned?"...I question the propriety of law enforcement even questioning someone in a case like this and they undoubtedly can't search anyone's vehicle when there is no prima facie evidence that a crime has even been committed.
Mike Jones (Editor) December 21, 2011 at 02:10 PM
I talked to the family again last night and they told me Paulette and Jimmy received a ride from her home to the concert. She then apparently called that same friend to receive a ride home, so their car was never parked in Pittsburgh. Also, Paulette apparently told the family she was in this photo with Jimmy, although the photographer apparently cropped her out.
Dawn December 21, 2011 at 02:26 PM
It's the inaccurate time line supplied that raises these assumptions. The time line indicates they rode down together in Paula's car and that the photo was taken after the two were seperated. Most reports indicate as well that he was last seen wearing a tye-dyed shirt when in fact he was wearing a t-shirt with a tye/dress shirt imprint. I would never imagine and look for the shirt he was actually wearing when I hear tye-dyed. It's unfortunate the amount of inaccuracies but I suppose that's expected and goes with the territory of trying to get the information out there as quickly as possible. Thank you for staying on top of this and providing us with correct information.
lindsay hel February 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
If anything they should be questioning why the people who were with him his last night left w/o him. I certainly would never leave a friend behind especially at a club.
ED February 05, 2012 at 10:24 PM
You better read the article again. Apparently he was the one who left the club. Unfortunately, no one will probably ever know exactly what happened.


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