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Remains of Waynesboro teen missing since 1995 found in Franklin County

April 08, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
  • Angie Lynn Daley
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Investigators on Tuesday found a set of human remains in southern Franklin County, Pa., less than six hours after discovering a woman's body in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania State Police confirmed Thursday morning.

Trooper Tom Pinkerton would not say how the two discoveries are related, only that one led to the other.

"As a result of the ongoing investigation (in the first case), information was developed that led troopers to a wooded area off State Route 16 in Washington Township near the Antrim Township line," Pinkerton said.

There they found the skeletal remains of a Waynesboro teenager who was reported missing almost 15 years ago, Pinkerton said.

Angie Lynn Daley, who was 17 when she went missing on Aug. 24, 1995, died of blunt force head trauma, Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said. The bones were recovered Wednesday, but it has not been determined when Daley died, he said.

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The family of the other victim, 29-year-old Kristy Dawn Hoke, reported Hoke missing on Easter Sunday. The mother of three's body was found at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday in a wooded area near the intersection of East Ninth Street and Clayton Avenue in Waynesboro. She had been stabbed, authorities reported.

State police charged Jeffrey Eldon Miles Sr., 47, of State Line, Pa., with criminal homicide in Hoke's death. Police would not say whether Miles was a suspect in Daley's death, nor would they say whether they have a suspect.

Pinkerton said the public should not feel unsafe.

"The recent homicide arrest and discovery of skeletal remains should in no way infer the community is in danger. We have no information to suggest the community is in danger," he said.

The trooper would not say whether this week's findings could be tied to other missing persons cases in Franklin County or elsewhere.

"Because these are ongoing investigations, to protect the integrity of the investigations, I can't say who we are or are not working with. Naturally, we pursue all leads," Pinkerton said, declining to say whether any federal agencies, like the FBI, had been contacted.

Miles was taken into custody after allegedly threatening to throw himself off a bridge over Interstate 81 early Tuesday. He was being held in Franklin County Jail without bail.

Washington County (Md.) Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said Thursday that his office has about four unsolved murder cases and one missing person case on their books, "but we don't have anything that would be attributable to Jeff Miles."

"Anytime anything like this happens, any agency would take a look at it's cold cases," said Lt. Mike King of the Hagerstown Police Department. He said the department also has a few unsolved killings over the years, as well as a missing person case dating to the 1980s.

Vegetation and brush concealed some of Daley's remains, but others were exposed and visible, Pinkerton said.

We "hope we could provide Ms. Daley's loved ones with some closure as the result of discovering her skeletal remains. The closure they might experience from knowing their child has been located (made it) worthwhile," Pinkerton said.

"If this guy had jumped off the bridge the other day, we still wouldn't know anything," said Sunday Gossert, Daley's mother.

Conner called Mercyhurst College professor of anthropology Dennis C. Dirkmaat in Erie, Pa., for assistance with Daley's remains. Graduate students helped police, Dirkmaat and Conner's staff to recover all of the remains by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The bones were found at noon Tuesday on a farm in the area known as Waynecastle, Pinkerton said.

"As much as could be recovered has been recovered," Conner said.

Staff writer Don Aines contributed to this story.

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