HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Can science and technology help solve cold homicide cases. The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick joined investigators on Monday who exhumed four bodies of victims. The cases date back to the1970’s.
State troopers exhumed the remains of four people who were murdered a long ago.
Three adults were taken from their final resting place at the maple hill cemetery in Hanover Township and the body of a newborn baby was exhumed from Saint Anthony’s cemetery in Courtdale.
” To try to find answers for these victims that could not be answered back in the 70’s.”
Troopers are working with a forensic anthropologist from the university of South Florida.. They are looking at four cold cases.” said Corporal Adam Reed, State Police
1970: The nude body of a black female found on i-81 southbound near Nuangola
1973: The decomposed body of a black female was found on i-80 westbound in Black Creek Township. Body was burned with acid.
1979: The body of a white male..24 to 40 years old found in the woods near bear creek
1980: The body of a newborn boy found in west side landfill in Larksville.
Investigators will use DNA testing and other new technology that wasn’t available 40 years ago to examine the remains..
“We start by looking at the skeletal remains. Everything you can learn about a person from their biologies. Their age how tall they are their health. We look at al of that and put it together and create a facial reconstruction and hopefully someone from the public will come forward with some information.” Said Dr. Erin Kimmerle, Forensic Anthropologist
Prosecutors say the ultimate goal is to get justice for the victims..
“What I think about those families of these individuals the families out there who just don’t know what happened to their loved ones.” Stefanie Salavantis, Luzerne County District Attorney