2 girls missing since 1968 identified through DNA

READING (AP) – Two bodies from an eastern Pennsylvania graveyard have been identified through DNA evidence as related teen girls who ran away from Philadelphia and disappeared in 1968, authorities said Friday.

The Reading Eagle reported that the deaths of Sandy Stiver, 14, and her sister-in-law Martha Stiver, 17, are being investigated as homicides and police are asking the public for leads.

Genetic material was recovered from their unmarked graves just outside Reading in October after a family member suspected they may be the Stiver girls.

“Since I was 9 years old my dad kept going to the Philadelphia Police station once a year from Cleveland to try to find out what we could find,” said Sandy’s sister, Hazel Stiver, of Richfield, Ohio.