MILTON, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) A Cold Case homicide is the focus of an ongoing search Wednesday night in Northumberland County. Investigators turned their sights on a home in Milton. They are looking for the remains of 30 year old Barbara Miller from Sunbury who went missing in 1989. The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has been working the story all day and night.
Investigators say they have not found any human remains at this point in time. But they insist, based on the tips they have received, they believe there’s a strong possibility that Miller’s remains are on this property and they will work late into the night searching for those remains.
Police officers covered in dirt as they come into and out of the basement of this home at 751 North Front Street in Milton. They are searching for 30 year old Barbara Miller. She was last seen in Milton in the early morning hours of July First of 1989. Tips led them to this house.
“We see some things that are very peculiar to us Investigatively. We want to make sure we exhaust any and all options possible before we pull out. ” said Chief Tim Miller, Sunbury Police
Investigators are using jackhammers to break through a concrete wall in a room in the basement.
“We ran into some structural issues that have made it very difficult as far as where we’d like to be right now. Things are going very very slowly.” added Chief Miller
As that work continues people who live and travel thought this small community can’t believe that after all these years the search for Miller is taking place right before their eyes.
“I think it’s Erie thinking that somebody could be in there for 28 years. “ said Erin McDowell of Milton
Nick and Carolyn Daniloff of Lewisburg stopped to see what was going on.
“It’s very surreal just to have something so important so major on your backyard.”said Nick Daniloff.
” I think it’s fascinating after all these years that something actually came to fruition, A case may be closed for the family that’s waited this so long. said Carolyn Daniloff.
According to a police search warrant. Miller’s boyfriend is named as the prime suspect in her disappearance. His sister lived in this building when Miller disappeared. It’s the first tine any suspect has been named in this 30 year old cold case.
A news conference is set for Thursday in the case. Eyewitness News will be there.