Body of woman found in 1973 along highway to be exhumed

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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.”

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