Today a Luzerne County District Attorney Press Conference at State Police Hazleton Troop N is expected to release details in relation to bodies that were exhumed from the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hanover Township.
The bodies were exhumed in September of 2016, however they lead back much farther than that. They are the unidentified remains of cold case victims from the 70's and 80's.
One case is from 1973. Authorities found partially decomposed remains of a black female wearing blue/green shorts, a pink blouse with lace trim, and blue and green slippers along Interstate 80 in Black Creek Township. Her body was found wrapped in a blanket and doused with sulfuric acid according to police.
Another case is from 1970, when the remains of a black female were found nude along Interstate 81 near Rice Township.
A third case is from 1979 when two men walking to a fishing spot found the partially decomposed remains of a white man. He was found wearing a sterling silver bracelet with "Vedon" on the clasp and a 14 karat gold serpent ring on his pinky finger.
In September of 2016, police also exhumed the body of an unidentified baby boy who was buried in St. Anthony's Cemetery in Courtdale. The newborn baby was found by a landfill worker among trash in Larksville in 1980. The boy was believed to have been born between 24 and 72 hours before he was found and lived for a few hours after his birth.
Since 2016, the bodies underwent DNA testing and chemical isotope testing in order to determine their identities.
With today's press conference taking place at the Hazleton PSP barracks, and one of the victims being found in Black Creek Township within Hazleton State Police's coverage area, it can be assumed that information will be provided that will identify that victim, however a press release from the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office did not clarify whether one or multiple bodies had been identified.
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