Elderly Priest Dies After Being Bound and Left Alone in Home During New York House Invasion

Rev. Paul Wancura
Rev. Paul Wancura

An elderly priest, tied up and left for dead inside his Long Island home nearly a month ago, has succumbed to his injuries.

As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Tuesday, bells tolled at the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island as word spread the unsolved home invasion on quiet Shelter Island had turned into a homicide investigation. Rev. Paul Wancura, admired and adored by his congregants, died of injuries suffered in the crime.

“Seven days being zip-tied. How a human being can go without food and water for a week – he did. His will to live was just beyond belief,” friend Michael Russell told McLogan.

Rev. Wancura’s arm was amputated, as a result of being tied. His official cause of death was sepsis.

His former parishioners say he had no idea who the intruder was.

“I call it evil personified. And if this person has any conscience at all, he ought to turn himself in,” friend Kevin Lockerbie said.

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