Pennsylvania State Police Troop B - Belle Vernon Barracks assisted the Social Security Administration with an investigation in West Pike Run Township, Washington County.

The whereabout of Agnes Ann Young, 59, still remains a mystery.

The story of Agnes Young's disappearance began to unravel in September 2001 when her husband, Edward Young 60 applied for Social Security disability benefits. His request triggered an automatic review of the disability benefits already being paid to his wife.

Social Security officials scheduled a meeting with him and his wife but Edward Young arrived for the Sept. 21, 2001 appointment without her and told a caseworker his wife left home earlier that month with a friend for a trip to the Empire State Building in New York City and perhaps died in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center.

Suspicious of Young, who never filed a missing person’s report, Social Security officials started a fraud investigation.

Meanwhile, Social Security granted Edward Young disability benefits but terminated his wife's.

The last time that Agnes was ever seen was in 1985.  During the course of 16 years’ family and friends would question Edward Young about the Agnes and he would tell them she was not available to be visited or seen.

The family never thought this to be suspicious.

Throughout the S.S.A. investigation no one could ever recall physically seeing Agnes. There has been no medical insurance activity for Agnes since 1990.

On 05/16/2002 PSP investigators assisted S.S.A.  in interviewing and searching the residence of Edward Young.

The following day, 05/17/2002 another search warrant were obtained and Edward Young was found dead from an apparent Suicide.

Any persons with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the PSP Belle Vernon Station at 724-929-6262 and speak to Trooper Leiberum or you can contact the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers if you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477) or online at

All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.

All information is accurate as of Release Date.  

Media Release #2723

Saturday, September 1, 2001 - 12:00am

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