EAST SIDE BOROUGH, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Police have finally made progress in a decades-old cold case. Now that they have identified the victim, everyone can properly grieve.
Police have been trying to identify the pregnant woman, Evelyn Colon, who was brutally murdered in 1976. The White Haven community remembers her as the woman found in suitcases near the Lehigh River in East Side Borough, but her family remembers her as a loving little girl.
“Evelyn Colon was a little sweetheart. She was a momma’s girl. We used to play hide and go seek in the closet back in the day. We used to watch TV together,” Luis Colon, Evelyn’s brother said.
He says Evelyn’s disappearance impacted their family greatly.
“She was always in the window, ‘Oh, that looks like Evelyn!’ My mother was the one that really took it hard. She died and her last words to me at the hospital was ‘Find Evelyn,'” Colon said.
Luis Colon Jr., the victim’s nephew, grew up wondering about his Aunt Evelyn. A few years ago, he took a DNA test and uploaded his results to a database, in hopes of finding not only his aunt, but his long-lost cousin as well.
“That’s why I thought, if I just do this DNA thing, to go back to my other point, maybe she was always trying to reach us too and she just couldn’t find us. That’s why I did that. But I always felt a void. Something was missing,” Colon Jr. said.
Evelyn’s family received a letter after her death saying she had a nine-pound baby boy, and if she needed anything, she’d come to them.
They tried to report her missing decades ago, but were told by police, that because of that letter, they couldn’t report her missing. Because after all, it said she was doing fine.
“Like that letter said… He lied to us. This letter, it really really hurt. He lied to us. Because of that letter, there was no proof that she went on her own,” Colon Sr. said.
Evelyn’s boyfriend at the time, Luis Sierra, is being accused of her murder. He’s waiting extradition to Pennsylvania.
“Let me tell you something. I can’t wait for him to come to Pennsylvania, because I want to look at his eyes and ask him why,” Colon Sr. said.
“Until then. I’m not going to rest because, to me, the mission is not done. We got her name, that’s important, and we got the word out there. But now, we have to get some justice here,” Colon Jr. said.
Pennsylvania State Police says although an arrest has been made, the case is still on-going. If anyone has additional information on the case, they are encouraged to call the tip line at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (1-800-472-8477).