Missing PA Judge Found Safe Thursday Night

Edwin Michael Kosik, the 91-year-old judge, was reported to be last seen at his home outside the northwestern city of Scranton Wednesday afternoon.

After missing persons paperwork was filed Thursday morning, grid and aerial searches were conducted in the area of Kosik's last known whereabouts. Kosik was taken to a local hospital, and U.S. Marshall Martin Payne said "We're hopeful he will have a full recovery".

Pennsylvania State Police Captain Christopher Paris answers questions during a press conference about the disappearance of federal judge Edwin Kosik, 91, in the William J. Nealon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Scranton, Pa., on Thursday, March 30, 2017. The Marshals Service says he's driving a gray 2015 Acura with driver's side damage and may be "at special risk of harm or injury". Pane said investigators haven't yet ruled out foul play. He then drove away in the opposite direction from his home, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Teenagers Joe Delvechio Jr. and Alex Vanisko, who were out for a walk, first saw Kosik's gray Acura behind the Dunmore Holiday Inn, the online report said, citing US marshals.

He disappeared from his home Tuesday night, sparking an intensive search that involved the U.S. Marshals Service, state police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Pane says two boys found Kosik's SUV and alerted law enforcement.

Prior to his tenure on the federal bench, Kosik served as the Lackawanna County president judge from 1979 to 1986.

Kosik was wearing blue jeans and a blue winter coat, the same clothes he was wearing when last seen Tuesday. Kosik sentenced Conahan to 17 and half years in prison in 2010 and, the following year, Ciavarella was handed down 28 years of jail term.

State police are searching the area via helicopter but so far have found no trace.

Last month, Kosik stopped hearing cases because of health issues.

During his three decades on the federal bench, Kosik presided over several high-profile cases, chief among them the "Kids for Cash" scandal.