LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Pennsylvania State Police announced today that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier.
PSP is asking for the public’s help to find the person responsible for the death of Joan Marie Dymond. She was 14 years old when she disappeared from Andover Street Park on June 25, 1969.
“She was a typical teenager…she was a sweet girl, didn’t deserve what happened to her,” stated Suzanne Estock, Joan Dymond’s sister.
According to state police, the remains of the young woman, previously known only as Jane “Newport” Doe, were discovered in November 2012, on the grounds of a former coal-mining operation in Newport Township by individuals digging for relics in a trash-filled depression in the ground.
“After supper, she told her family she was going to the Andover Street Park in Wilkes-Barre and she never returned,” said Trooper Andrew Morgantini, Pennsylvania State Police, Troop P.
An examination determined the remains were those of a female, estimated to be in her mid-teens to early 20s, who died of suspicious or “foul play”.
Lab results indicated a high probability she died in the late 1960s.
The Criminal Investigation Unit at PSP’s Shickshinny station sent the victim’s DNA profile to national databases for comparison to other profiles that resulted in negative results.
PSP states the remains were later submitted to Othram, Inc. in March 2022 to undergo genetic genealogy testing.
Troopers said Othram, Inc. provided them with possible family members of Jane “Newport” Doe, including the family of Joan Marie Dymond, who provided DNA samples.
“The radiocarbon dating would give us an estimate of the victim’s year of death, which we didn’t have before,” stated Trooper Morgantini.
The samples were compared to the DNA profile of the remains found in 2012, lab results received earlier this month indicated the remains of Jane “Newport” Doe are the remains of Joan Marie Dymond, as stated in the release.
“The last time I spoke with her, I was pregnant, I was due in August. She was excited about being an aunt and me having a baby and coming down to visit,” explained Estock.
Even though Dymond’s remains have finally been identified the case isn’t closed. Investigators now need your help to find the person responsible for Dymond’s death
“You’d be shocked at what small details can actually turn into a new lead and help us solve a case,” explained Sam Sanguedolce, Luzerne County District Attorney.
“Maybe we could find who did this to her. It’s a shame somebody so young and with her whole life ahead of her was taken. I would have had a sister up until now,” said Estock.
Pennsylvania State Police is asking for help to find the individual responsible for her death. Anyone with information regarding her disappearance should call the Shickshinny station at 570-542-4117.