2 Girls Missing Since 1968 Identified Through DNA

READING, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say they’ve identified two bodies from an eastern Pennsylvania graveyard as those of two related teen girls with ties to Ohio who disappeared in 1968.

The Reading Eagle reported Friday ( ) that the deaths of 14-year-old Sandy Stiver and her 17-year-old sister-in-law Martha Stiver are being investigated as homicides after DNA confirmed their identities.

Genetic material was recovered from the unmarked graves just outside Reading in October after a family member suspected they may be the Stiver girls.

Officials say the two disappeared after running away from home. One of the bodies was found in August 1968 and had been shot several times. The other’s remains were found about a year later, and her cause of death hasn’t been established.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact authorities.


Information from: Reading Eagle,



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