Margaret Carol Wininger : “30-Year Missing Woman Found: Remains Identified”

In a recent update from Pennsylvania State Police, it has been revealed that the skeletal remains found in Luzerne County have finally been identified after 30 years of mystery surrounding the case. The remains were discovered back in December 1994 during a mining reclamation project off Tomhicken Road in Sugarloaf Township.

**Identification of the Victim**

After three decades of tireless investigation, authorities were able to identify the woman as Margaret Carol Wininger, born on September 5, 1948. Through advancements in DNA technology and forensic genealogy, a possible relative of the unidentified woman was located. Following an interview and DNA sample from the relative, it was confirmed that Margaret was indeed her sister.

**Background of Margaret Wininger**

Wininger attended West Hazelton High School in the mid-60s before going missing in the early 1990s while living with her family in Northeast Philadelphia. Unfortunately, due to the condition of the remains, a cause and manner of death could not be determined, leaving more questions than answers.

**Ongoing Investigation**

The investigation into Wininger’s disappearance and subsequent death is still ongoing, with authorities urging anyone who may have had contact with her in the early 90s to come forward. Trooper Brian Noll of the Pennsylvania State Police Troop N Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit can be reached at 570-220-8475 or for any information related to Wininger’s return to the area.

**Appeal to the Public**

Authorities are reaching out to the public for any information that may shed light on Wininger’s movements in the early 90s. If you or anyone you know had contact with Margaret during that time, please do not hesitate to reach out and help bring closure to this long-standing case.

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