Pennsylvania man’s car seized in Jacksonville murder investigation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — John Turachak lives in Moscow, Pennsylvania, outside of Scranton. The retired Army veteran has no ties to Jacksonville, but his car is now part of a murder investigation.

“The biggest shock to me was I was going to lose my vehicle,” Turachak said via Zoom in an interview with Action News Jax.

Turchak bought his 2019 Dodge Challenger in January from a dealership in Pennsylvania.

“That was my only vehicle, I traded in a vehicle for that car that I only got $500 for, because the week before I traded it in, I hit a deer,” Turachak said.

The Challenger had previously been used as a rental car. Earlier this month, Turachak was served with a warrant to seize his car. The warrant said his car might contain evidence, like blood or body fluids, that could point to a suspect.

Action News Jax linked the case numbers from the car’s seizure to a deadly October 2020 shooting that happened off Merrill Road.

Maurice Anderson, a father of three, was killed. Two others were shot and survived. The crime remains unsolved.

Turachak said police believe his car was used in the crime, but he has not had a vehicle in weeks and does not know when or if he will get his car back.

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