JERSEY CITY, NJ – In 1976, Police in the Pennsylvania Poconos came upon suitcases lying in the brush along the Lehigh River, near White Haven. Those suitcases contained the dismembered remains of a 15-year-old girl. For 45 years, the case remained unsolved and the girl’s identity remained unknown.
Evelyn Colon’s Killer identified
Yesterday, the Pennsylvania State Police announced they have identified the girl as Evelyn Colon, of Jersey City. Luis Sierra, 63, of Ozone Park, New York has been charged for killing and dismembering Colon with a dull serrated blade, placing her body parts into three different suitcases then throwing the suitcases into the Lehigh River. He is now awaiting extradition back to Pennsylvania.
Sierra was 19-years-old at the time when he murdered and dismembered Colon.
Gruesome unsolved murder case solved
Police in 1976 reported the Evelyn, was pregnant and parts of her body and her fetus were protruding from the suitcases. Her nose, breasts, and ears were severed and never found. Two of the suitcases broke open upon impact from the 300-foot fall from the bridge.
“Numerous interviews and investigational processes were conducted following her identification which led to the development of a suspect,” the PA State Police said in a release.
Police were unable to identify the body and the case remained open for 45 years. Investigators were unable to compare her dental records to those of any missing children and her fingerprints did not exist in any law enforcement databases.
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