Bodies Exhumed: One 1970’s Mystery Solved


LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Mystery solved? Yes – Say Pennsylvania State Troopers – in the case of a person murdered in the 1970 and a body dumped in Luzerne County. This investigation began in 2016 when the remains of three adults- two women and a man- were exhumed for a cemetery in Hanover Township. Lead I-Team reporter Andy Mehalshick is in Sugarloaf Township with late breaking developments.

 The State Police and the Luzerne County District Attorney announced today they have identified the remains of 33-year-old Lucille Marie Frye from Wilkes-Barre whose body was dumped near I-81 in Nuangola in 1970.

 Photos of Frye that were displayed at a News conference at the Hazleton State Police. Frye went missing  in September of 1970 and her family never knew it was her remains until the case was reopened.

This all began in September of 2016 when the remains of three people were exhumed from Maple Hill Cemetery in Hanover Township. Pennsylvania investigators worked with forensic scientists to identify the murder victims. Frey’s nephew Mitchell Johnson was here and said this gives them peace of mind and closure. He approached investigators in the cemetery that day and told them the remains might be those of his aunt.

We will have more on this story on later editions of Eyewitness News. 

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