DNA Allows Pennsylvania State Police to ID Woman Killed in 1987 Turnpike Crash
The Pennsylvania State Police closed a 35-year-old case by identifying the victim of a fatal crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Linda Jean McClure, 26, of Indiana, Pennsylvania, was a passenger in a tractor-trailer that crashed in Stoneycreek Township on October 22nd, 1987.
Police were able to identify the truck driver as a California man, however, his passenger remained unknown despite multiple attempts to identify her.
In August 2022, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission agreed to pay for forensic genetic genealogy DNA testing. The hope was to establish an identity or to find a nearest living relative.
PSP was able to to continue their investigation and determined that the unidentified woman was Linda McClure.
McClure's family told investigators the last time they communicated with Linda was in the late 1980s. Linda was never reported missing to law enforcement.
Linda's brother submitted a DNA sample for comparison, and police were able to confirm McClure was the victim of the crash.
More information on the case can be found on the Pennsylvania State Police's website