Human remains found 10 years ago identified as Pennsylvania girl Joan Marie Dymond who went missing in 1969

WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Human remains discovered nearly a decade ago in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania have been identified as those of a teenager who went missing in 1969.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, Joan Marie Dymond of Wilkes-Barre was 14 when she disappeared from Andover Street Park on June 25, 1969.

Police say although her remains have been identified they are now searching for her killer.

“We have never stopped searching for answers and this investigation remains very active,” Capt. Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P, said in a news release on Tuesday. “After 53 years, Joan Marie Dymond’s family very much deserves to be closed. We will do everything in our power to make sure they have it.”

The human remains of the young woman, previously known only as Jane “Newport” Doe, were discovered on November 17, 2012 at a former coal mine site in Newport Township, Pennsylvania.

Police say those who discovered the remains had been digging for relics in a rubbish-filled depression in the ground.

Examination of the remains led authorities to determine that it was that of a woman, estimated to be in her mid-teens to early 20s, who died of suspicious or “rotten” circumstances.

Police say lab results showed a high probability she died in the late 1960s.

The next step was for criminal investigators at Shickshinny State Police Station to submit the victim’s DNA profile to a national database for comparison with other registered profiles. However, there were no games.

In March 2022, the remains were submitted to Houston-based Othram, Inc. to undergo genetic genealogy testing. This was financed by the non-profit Lucerne Foundation.

Othram, Inc. describes itself as “the world’s first private DNA laboratory purpose-built to apply the power of modern parallel sequencing to forensic evidence.”

Othram soon provided state police with possible family members of the victim.

Among those possibilities were family members of Joan Marie Dymond. They provided DNA samples.

According to state police, the samples were then compared to the DNA profile of the remains found in 2012.

Laboratory results received last month showed the remains of Jane “Newport” Doe to be the remains of Joan Marie Dymond, police say.

“Although the remains of Joan Marie Dymond have been identified, PSP is asking for the public’s help in finding the person responsible for her death. Anyone with information regarding her disappearance should call the Shickshinny station at 570-542-4117,” Pennsylvania State Police said.

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