Body found in Mercer County identified as missing Ohio teen
Police on Friday identified a girl found dead in a Mercer County garbage dump as a teenager reported missing from Ohio.
Gina Burger, 16, was reported missing by her mother on Monday from their home in the Compass West apartment complex, a multi-story building, Austintown police Chief Robert Gavalier said.
“Her mother said she wouldn't run away, so she reported her as missing,” Gavalier said. “We are trying to figure out what happened and where it happened.”
Mercer County Coroner J. Bradley McGonigle III said Burger died of a single stab wound in the chest and ruled the case a homicide. Investigators identified the girl through serial numbers on steel rods placed in her back during an operation in Texas several years ago, he said.
Burger's body was found Wednesday at the Tri-County Industries Inc. site along TCI Park Drive in Pine Township. Pennsylvania State Police said this week they believe the body was dumped after midnight Tuesday by one of the company's trucks, which collects trash from parts of Northwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio. Gavalier confirmed there are Tri-County bins in the area.
“Her mother told her to go to a neighbor's to get some bags of tea. She went downstairs and never returned,” Gavalier said.
Her mother reported her missing a few hours later, he said.
The Vindicator newspaper in Youngstown briefly interviewed Burger's mother on Friday.
“We just got word that that was my daughter,” a tearful Jaclyn Bacher told the paper just after 3:30 p.m. but declined to say more.
Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers stalled by Seahawks, on outside of AFC wild-card picture
- Steelers’ Roethlisberger reported symptoms that led to his exit vs. Seahawks
- Rossi: It’s past time for NFL to protect players
- Family of man accused of shooting St. Clair officer say allegations don’t fit his character
- Steelers notebook: Seahawks’ Sherman gets better of WR Brown
- Week 12 — Steelers-Seahawks gameday grades
- Steelers players say they support Tomlin’s attempts at deception
- New Kensington man killed in North Buffalo crash
- Community comes together to mourn death of St. Clair police officer
- Muslim civil rights group seeks investigation into shooting of Pittsburgh taxi driver
- Sports Deli is latest tenant to say goodbye to Parkway Center Mall