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October 04, 2022 - Wilkes-Barre, PA

State Police Identify Found Remains as Teen Missing Since 1969

The Pennsylvania State Police announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier.

PSP announced the development and asked for the public's help to find the person responsible for the death of Joan Marie Dymond. She was 14 years old when she disappeared from the Andover Street Park on June 25, 1969.

"We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active," said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. "After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it."

List of Speakers:
Master Trooper Deanna Piekanski (EMCC)
Trooper Andrew Morgantini (Lead Investigator)
Luzerne County DA Samuel Sanguedolce
David Pedri, President & CEO of the Luzerne Foundation



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_001.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Suzanne Estock, looks at the last known photograph of her late sister, Joan Marie Dymond, taken in 1968 at Estocks wedding, during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as Joane Marie Dymond, who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_002.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>George Dymond, center left, stands with his sister, Suzanne Estock, center right, as they look at photos with Master Trooper Deanna Piekanski, left, and State police Cpl. Brent Miller, during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_003.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>The last known photograph of Joan Marie Dymond, taken in 1968 at her sisters wedding. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_004.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>A photograph of where the remains of the young woman, previously known only as Jane Newport Doe, were discovered Nov. 17, 2012, on the grounds of a former coal-mining operation in Newport Township by individuals digging for relics in a trash-filled depression in the ground. Examination determined the remains were those of a female, estimated to be in her mid-teens to early 20s, who died of suspicious or foul play circumstances. Lab results indicated a high probability she died in the late 1960s. The Criminal Investigation Unit at PSPs Shickshinny station submitted the victims DNA profile to national databases for comparison to other profiles on record with negative results. The remains were later submitted to Othram, Inc. in March 2022 to undergo genetic genealogy testing, which was funded by the Luzerne Foundation. Othram, Inc. provided troopers with possible family members of Jane Newport Doe, including the family of Joan Marie Dymond, who provided DNA samples. When those samples were compared to the DNA profile of the remains found in 2012, lab results received earlier this month indicated the remains of Jane Newport Doe are the remains of Joan Marie Dymond.. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_005.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>A photograph of where the remains of the young woman, previously known only as Jane Newport Doe, were discovered Nov. 17, 2012, on the grounds of a former coal-mining operation in Newport Township by individuals digging for relics in a trash-filled depression in the ground. Examination determined the remains were those of a female, estimated to be in her mid-teens to early 20s, who died of suspicious or foul play circumstances. Lab results indicated a high probability she died in the late 1960s. The Criminal Investigation Unit at PSPs Shickshinny station submitted the victims DNA profile to national databases for comparison to other profiles on record with negative results. The remains were later submitted to Othram, Inc. in March 2022 to undergo genetic genealogy testing, which was funded by the Luzerne Foundation. Othram, Inc. provided troopers with possible family members of Jane Newport Doe, including the family of Joan Marie Dymond, who provided DNA samples. When those samples were compared to the DNA profile of the remains found in 2012, lab results received earlier this month indicated the remains of Jane Newport Doe are the remains of Joan Marie Dymond.. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_006.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>A photograph of where the remains of the young woman, previously known only as Jane Newport Doe, were discovered Nov. 17, 2012, on the grounds of a former coal-mining operation in Newport Township by individuals digging for relics in a trash-filled depression in the ground. Examination determined the remains were those of a female, estimated to be in her mid-teens to early 20s, who died of suspicious or foul play circumstances. Lab results indicated a high probability she died in the late 1960s. The Criminal Investigation Unit at PSPs Shickshinny station submitted the victims DNA profile to national databases for comparison to other profiles on record with negative results. The remains were later submitted to Othram, Inc. in March 2022 to undergo genetic genealogy testing, which was funded by the Luzerne Foundation. Othram, Inc. provided troopers with possible family members of Jane Newport Doe, including the family of Joan Marie Dymond, who provided DNA samples. When those samples were compared to the DNA profile of the remains found in 2012, lab results received earlier this month indicated the remains of Jane Newport Doe are the remains of Joan Marie Dymond.. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_007.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Cpl. Brent Miller shows a photograph of the location where remains of the young woman, previously known only as Jane Newport Doe, were discovered Nov. 17, 2012, on the grounds of a former coal-mining operation in Newport Township by individuals digging for relics in a trash-filled depression in the ground, during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_008.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Master Trooper Deanna Piekanski speaks during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_009.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Luzerne County DA Samuel Sanguedolce speaks during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_010.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Suzanne Estock, looks at the last known photograph of her late sister, Joan Marie Dymond, taken in 1968 at Estocks wedding, during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as Joane Marie Dymond, who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_011.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Suzanne Estock, left, looks at the last known photograph of her late sister, Joan Marie Dymond, taken in 1968 at Estocks wedding, shown by Cpl. Brent Miller during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as Dymond, who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_012.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Trooper Andrew Morgantini speaks during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_013.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>David Pedri, President & CEO of the Luzerne Foundation speaks during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_014.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Trooper Andrew Morgantini speaks during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_015.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Suzanne Estock, looks at the last known photograph of her late sister, Joan Marie Dymond, taken in 1968 at Estocks wedding, during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as Joane Marie Dymond, who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_016.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Luzerne County DA Samuel Sanguedolce speaks during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_017.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Trooper Andrew Morgantini speaks during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_018.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Suzanne Estock, looks at the last known photograph of her late sister, Joan Marie Dymond, taken in 1968 at Estocks wedding, during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as Joane Marie Dymond, who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_019.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Cpl. Brent Miller shows a photograph of the location where remains of the young woman, previously known only as Jane Newport Doe, were discovered Nov. 17, 2012, on the grounds of a former coal-mining operation in Newport Township by individuals digging for relics in a trash-filled depression in the ground, during a press conference which announced that human remains have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_020.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Suzanne Estock, looks at the last known photograph of her late sister, Joan Marie Dymond, taken in 1968 at Estocks wedding, during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as Joane Marie Dymond, who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_021.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Master Trooper Deanna Piekanski stands alongside the last known photograph of Joan Marie Dymond, during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_022.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>David Pedri, President & CEO of the Luzerne Foundation speaks during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_023.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Luzerne County DA Samuel Sanguedolce speaks during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_024.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Suzanne Estock, looks at the last known photograph of her late sister, Joan Marie Dymond, taken in 1968 at Estocks wedding, with Master Trooper Deanna Piekanski during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as Joane Marie Dymond, who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/22199_PSP_MissingTeen_NK_025.JPG" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Trooper Andrew Morgantini speaks during a press conference which announced that human remains discovered in Luzerne County nearly 10 years ago have been identified as those of a Wilkes-Barre teenager who went missing four decades earlier, inside Pennsylvania State Police Troop P Headquarters in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. We never stopped pursuing answers, and this investigation remains very active, said Captain Patrick Dougherty, commanding officer of PSP Troop P. After 53 years, the family of Joan Marie Dymond very much deserves closure. We will do everything in our power to see that they have it.