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Family of Teen Slain in '68 Asks for Help in Finding the Killer

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Tom Stiver, brother of Sandra Stiver and husband of Martha Stiver, Elizabeth Stiver, mother of Sandra and Hazel Stiver DeMoss, sister of Sandra attend a news conference on July 7 in Bern Township, Pa. The family of Sandra Ann Stiver accepted her cremated remains at the Berks County coroner's office near Reading, a month after the body was positively identified through DNA testing. Sandra Stiver, 14, and her sister-in-law Martha Stiver, 17, disappeared in 1968 after running away from home in Philadelphia.
Tom Stiver, brother of Sandra Stiver and husband of Martha Stiver, Elizabeth Stiver, mother of Sandra and Hazel Stiver DeMoss, sister of Sandra attend a news conference on July 7 in Bern Township, Pa. The family of Sandra Ann Stiver accepted her cremated remains at the Berks County coroner's office near Reading, a month after the body was positively identified through DNA testing. Sandra Stiver, 14, and her sister-in-law Martha Stiver, 17, disappeared in 1968 after running away from home in Philadelphia. Ryan McFadden / AP

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Forty-six years after a Philadelphia teen's disappearance and slaying, the girl's family accepted her cremated remains Monday and asked for the public's help in finding her killer.

Sandy Stiver, 14, and her sister-in-law Martha Stiver, 17, disappeared in 1968 after running away from home in Philadelphia. Hazel DeMoss said both teens were "wild," but the family doesn't know what compelled them to flee that summer day.

Sandy's body was found in August 1968, about a week after authorities said she had been shot several times with a .22-caliber weapon. Martha's remains were recovered the following April about five miles away in French Creek State Park in Elverson. Her cause of death could not be determined, but authorities say she was also murdered.

Neither victim could be identified and no connection to the Philadelphia missing-persons case was made. Decades later, Authorities used an old cemetery map and ground-penetrating radar to locate the bodies. They were exhumed last fall and sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification.

"If there's anyone out there with any kind of information from 1968, when these murders took place ... please, it's time to have a conscience and it's time to fess up," Berks County Coroner Dennis Hess said Monday.

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