Pennsylvania State Police say they were finally able to identify a teenager that was found dead in a Salem Township landfill nearly 50 years ago.
A body of an African American female was found heavily decomposed by a man searching for scrap metal in the Colvan Sanitation Landfill in 1967. Police said the victim is believed to be Teala Thompson, 13, from the Homewood area of Pittsburgh.
Her remains were exhumed last fall, for 48 years, she was unidentifiable; TODAY – she has a name – Theala Thompson pic.twitter.com/tip5TCmkQM
— Melanie Marsalko (@WPXIMelanie) August 4, 2016
In 2015, Pennsylvania State Trooper Brian Gross executed a court order to exhume the victim’s body, reports KDKA. Following the news, the Thompson family reached out to authorities because they believed it could be Teala, who disappeared in 1967.
According to KDKA, the family provided a DNA sample which was sent to the University of North Texas Health and Science Center. The center contacted police on August 1, saying the remains were 47.5 billion times more likely to be related to the Thompson Family than someone else.
Troopers are now in the beginning stages of a fresh homicide investigation, reports WTAE.
“I know it’s 50 years ago, but if anyone has any information — this young girl was killed, and she was left in a landfill in Salem Township,” Trooper Stephen Limani said.
Anyone with a tip about the death of Teala Thompson is asked to call state police in Greensburg. Callers may remain anonymous.