A 14-year-old girl disappeared from a park in Pennsylvania in 1969. More than half a century later, his remains have been identified, state police announced Tuesday.
“After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond deserves a lot of closure. We’re going to do everything in our power to see that they have it,” said Capt. Patrick Dougherty, commander of Pennsylvania State Police Troop P, in a press release.
State police are asking the public to come forward with any information that may lead to the killer.
“We’ve never stopped looking for answers, and this investigation remains very active,” Dougherty said.
Joan Marie disappeared from a park on Andover Street in northeast Wilkes-Barre on June 25, 1969, according to police.
In 2012, human remains were found while digging “for relics” at an old coal mining operation near Newport Township, the release said.
According to the statement, they “were determined to belong to a woman in her mid-teens to early 20s who died under suspicious circumstances or ‘foul play.'” Laboratory results indicated a high probability of death in the late 1960s.
But investigators were unable to match those “Jane Doe” samples to a national database for comparison, police said, until March 2022.
A local foundation funded genetic genealogy tests that provided possible relatives of “Jane Doe,” including members of the Dymond family. The family provided DNA samples and the results of these tests confirmed that the human remains belonged to Joan Marie.
State police said they worked with and received “extraordinary support” from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, multiple forensic anthropologists, Beta Analytic, Inc. and Othram, Inc.