Body of woman found in 1973 along highway to be exhumed

Police investigation generic

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say they plan to exhume the remains of a woman whose decomposed body was found wrapped in a blanket and doused with sulfuric acid alongside a northeastern Pennsylvania highway more than four decades ago.

Luzerne County investigators say the woman was never identified but the circumstances have long made them consider her death “highly suspicious.”

Judge Tina Polachek Gartley on Friday granted a petition to allow county investigators to exhume the body, which is buried at Maple Hill Cemetery in Hanover Township.

The remains will be sent to a forensic pathologist for examination using current methods, which officials hope will help move the 1973 case forward. The cause and manner of death of the victim, who is believed to have been in her 20s, has been listed as “undetermined.”

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s