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Police say missing Penn State professor was pushed off cliff to his death

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Posted at 7:16 PM, Aug 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-20 21:16:09-04

By WPMT Web Staff

State College, PA (WPMT) — A Penn State professor that was reported missing August 15th has been found dead.

Police say George G. Ishler Jr. drove Professor Ronald Bettig to a quarry and pushed him off a cliff.

Police say George G. Ishler Jr. drove Professor Ronald Bettig to a quarry and pushed him off a cliff.

State Police are now saying Ronald V. Bettig, 56, was pushed off a cliff at a quarry, WPMT reports.

State Police say the Media Studies professor at main campus was found at the bottom of an 80 foot cliff in the quarry near State College.

Troopers have made an arrest in the homicide.

An investigation revealed George G. Ishler Jr., 39, drove the victim to the quarry under a ruse. While at the quarry the suspect pushed the victim off a ledge.

Ishler has been charged with First Degree Murder, Third Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Tampering with evidence.

Police say George G. Ishler Jr. drove Professor Ronald Bettig to a quarry and pushed him off a cliff.

Police say George G. Ishler Jr. drove Professor Ronald Bettig to a quarry and pushed him off a cliff.

Ishler is being held at the Centre County Correctional Facility without bail.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for August 31st at the Bellefonte Courthouse.

The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Rockview at 814-355-7545. Click here for local coverage on this story and updates from WPMT.