Jane Doe Identified as Margaret Carol Wininger in Luzerne County Cold Case

Luzerne County, PA — After nearly three decades, the identity of a Jane Doe found in Luzerne County has finally been revealed. Pennsylvania State Police have identified the remains as those of Margaret Carol Wininger, a former resident of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Wininger was living with her family in Northeast Philadelphia at the time of her disappearance.

The human remains were discovered in 1994 by state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) workers who were engaged in a mine reclamation project in Sugarloaf Township. Despite extensive efforts, investigators were unable to determine the cause of death. In an attempt to generate leads, a model sculpture resembling the unidentified woman was released to the public.

Recent advancements in DNA and genealogy technology have now provided a breakthrough in the case. State Police were able to obtain a DNA match, confirming the identity of the Jane Doe as Margaret Wininger. Born in September 1948, Wininger attended West Hazleton High School in the 1960s before relocating to Northeast Philadelphia with her family.

The investigation into Wininger’s disappearance and subsequent death remains ongoing. Pennsylvania State Police are urging anyone with information regarding Margaret Wininger’s activities in the Luzerne County area during the 1990s to come forward. If you have any relevant information, please contact state police at Hazleton.

Author: CrimeDoor

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