40-Year Mystery of Wilkes-Barre Teenager’s Disappearance Solved

missing teenSuzanne Estock, looks at the last known photograph of her late sister, Joan Marie Dymond, taken in 1968 at Estocks wedding, during a press conference. (Credit: Commonwealth Media Services)

WILKES-BARRE, PA — The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced yesterday 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. The victim, who was 17 years old when she disappeared, is presumed to have been murdered.

The Pennsylvania State Police 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 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.

The remains of a young woman were discovered in Newport Township on Nov. 17, 2012, by people looking for relics. An examination determined that the woman was probably around 15-20 years old when she died and it is believed that she died from suspicious or “foul play” circumstances. Lab results showed that it is very likely she died in the late 1960s.

The Criminal Investigation Unit at PSP’s Shickshinny station submitted the victim’s 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.

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Although Joan Marie Dymond’s remains have been identified, PSP is asking for the public’s help to find the individual responsible for her death. Anyone with information regarding her disappearance should call the Shickshinny station at 570-542-4117.

Personnel worked with and received extraordinary assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS), multiple forensic anthropologists, Beta Analytic, Inc., and Othram, Inc.

For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit psp.pa.gov.

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