Joan Marie Dymond, 14: Her remains found 10 years after she disappeared? A cold case revived!

This is a 53-year-old cold case that the police in Pennsylvania, USA, have just reopened by identifying the remains of a young girl who disappeared in June 1969. Is it young Joan Marie Dymond?

  Joan Marie Dymond, 14: Her remains found 10 years after she disappeared? A cold case revived!

Pennsylvania State Police announced on October 4, 2022 that they had identified human remains found nearly 10 years ago. The bones discovered in Newport Township in 2012 are believed to be those of Joan Marie Dymond, a 14-year-old girl who disappeared in Pennsylvania in 1969. Police suspect foul play and are relying on the public's help to get information about his disappearance.

How did the teenager disappear?

On a hot day in June 1969, Joan Marie Dymond warns her family that she is going out for a walk after dinner in the park on Andover Street in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The 14-year-old with brown eyes and brown hair will never come back . ' We have never stopped looking for answers, and this investigation remains very active 'Pennsylvania State Police Capt. Patrick Dougherty said in a statement.

How was the body identified?

However, the remains of the teenager were found on November 17, 2012 at the site of a former coal mine in Newport Township, Pennsylvania, without being identified. At the time, authorities determined the remains were that of a woman and calculated her age at the time of her death to be between her mid-teens and early twenties. The investigation also revealed that the girl had been the victim of a criminal act. The analyzes had also indicated a high probability that she died in the late 1960s. Identifying the body was not an easy task. The DNA of Dymond's family members had to be compared to that of the body to confirm that the remains were indeed those of Joan Marie Dymond.

A family that has always kept hope

At a press conference, Suzanne Estock presented the last known photo of her little sister taken in 1968 during her wedding. The victim's older sister, who was pregnant at the time, recalled that Joan Marie Dymond was thrilled to become an aunt. If she was relieved to be able to offer a burial to her late sister, she also expressed the hope of finding those responsible for the death of her sister: ' It's a shame that someone so young and with his whole life ahead of him was taken away. '. Suzanne Estock also added that their parents, who have since passed away, ' never lost hope 'when they were looking for her and hoping that Joan' would be found somewhere alive. '

An unsolved investigation

Although the teenager's remains have been identified, police are still investigating her death. In order to elucidate the circumstances of his death, Pennsylvania authorities have appealed for witnesses and distributed a telephone number in order to collect any testimony. The cold case is still far from being elucidated...