45 years later, no ID of murder victims in Berks County

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 26, 2014 4:05 PM

(Reading) -- A 45-year-old murder mystery in Berks County remains unsolved.

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Testing on the remains of two young women has proved unsuccessful because DNA couldn't be extracted from the victims' hair and bone samples.

DNA analysis wasn't available when the bodies of the women were found months apart in wooded areas in Berks County in 1968 and 1969. Around that time, two Philadelphia teenage girls ran away from home and worked in a Berks County department store before disappearing.

After months of research, investigators located the unmarked graves in a potter's field last fall. The remains were exhumed in the hopes of identifying the women.

Investigators wish to match DNA from the remains with that of relatives of the missing girls.

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