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Mother willing to wait for daughter's killer to be brought to justice

Sunday Gossert has relied on routine, support of others since remains were found

May 06, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Sunday Gossert wants to see justice served for her daughter's killer, but she's willing to wait for police to build their case.

"It's been 15 years. A couple more months isn't going to make a difference," she said Thursday, one month after Angie Daley's skeletal remains were found in southern Franklin County, Pa.

Pennsylvania State Police have provided no new information to the media since a news conference April 8. When asked this week about assistance from other departments and ties to other investigations, spokesman Trooper Tom Pinkerton said he couldn't answer the questions because of an ongoing investigation.

"There's no news to be released," he said.

For her part, the past month has been dramatically different for Sunday Gossert, who heard gossip, speculation and, at times, hurtful comments after her 17-year-old went missing in 1995. Gossert has relied on the routine of everyday life and the support of friends, family and coworkers since troopers discovered Daley's skeletal remains at a Waynecastle, Pa., farm at noon April 6.

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"It's nice for me to be at work with my coworkers -- 'the girls' -- and Paul. They and the families are very supportive," Gossert said of her shifts at Breakaway Sports Lounge in Waynesboro.

Gossert's chocolate-colored eyes darkened as she described a sense of relief combined with sadness. She said Angie's sister, Ashley Daley, has been struggling over the past few weeks.

Angie's family is planning a benefit to raise money for a memorial service. A spaghetti dinner and bake sale have been scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at the fire hall on South Potomac Street in Waynesboro.

Tickets, which will cost $10 each, will go on sale soon through Breakaway and family members Eddie Daley, Jenny Daley-Hoover and Ashley Daley. They also will be sold at the door.

Baked goods not requiring refrigeration can be dropped off starting at 8 a.m. that day to be sold, and Gossert and her coworkers will be making memorial candles to sell.

"With it being so long, there are a lot of people I've come across in the past 15 years. Angie touched a lot of hearts around here, even people who didn't know her," Gossert said.

Gossert, whose parents are buying a burial plot at Green Hill Cemetery, said police told her it would be a few months before they would release Angie's remains to the family. They haven't told her whether Daley's beating death occurred around the time of her disappearance or if she lived for several years as rumors had suggested to her family.

Waynesboro Police Chief Mark King investigated the disappearance for years when he was a detective, and he keeps in contact with the family. Officers are talking to Angie's former friends who live in the Old Forge area near Waynesboro.

"They're doing a very thorough investigation," Gossert said.

Police have said information obtained while investigating the slaying of 29-year-old Kristy Dawn Hoke led them to Daley's remains. Jeffrey Miles, 47, of State Line, Pa., has been charged with criminal homicide in Hoke's death, but no one has been charged in Daley's case.

"It'll be justice (when someone is sentenced) because that's not right. It's not right to take another life, and at 17 you have so much to live for," Gossert said.

She wants the police to take their time and arrest the right person so that someday she can ask him or her a simple question.

"Why?"

In the meantime, she'll be patient.

"Strength comes from the Lord above," she said.

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