The Christine Guenther Murder

In 1981, a small Western Pennsylvania suburb mourned the loss of a 15-year-old girl. Thirty years later, her peers speak up, insisting on justice. Learn more about this promising young woman, and help us finally put this mystery to rest.

The Power of Facebook

In the fall of 2010, two friends started a Facebook Page to see if they could get people talking again about Chris’s murder. The founders wanted to use the social media giant to see if anyone remembered anything; or had put two and two together after thinking about it for almost 30 years.

The page ignited, and people starting posting about what they remembered.  Members recollected what they had seen, or what others had told them.  It was obvious.  Everyone who joined not only remembered, but wanted answers, too.  No one forgot that fateful day.

From there, the "Friends of Chris Guenther" (FoCG) group was created.  They developed another Facebook page: Justice for Christine Guenther - Peters Township (Pittsburgh) PA, collected donations to secure a billboard at the intersection of Route 19 and Valleybrook Road, launched this website, held a memorial mass at St. Benedict’s and a graveside gathering at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, and have been in constant communication with the Allegheny Homicide detectives to find Chris’s killer.

FoCG has vowed, “We will never forget.”  A spokesperson for the group stated, "We were children then. The killer not only stole Chris from us, but also our innocence. Now we are adults, with many talents, skills, and resources to bring to the table. We are empowered, and are in control.  We are in a position to take action.

Some of us knew Chris, others did not. Yet we all participate because it is personal to us. Whether it is because we want to convict the person who killed our friend...or we want to protect our children...or we simply want answers...we all have a common ground.  We want to find the killer and hold them accountable.  We are angry about this.  Think about it, this person has had 30 years to walk free, but we are not willing to give them another day out of jail if at all possible.  We want them off the streets, behind bars, and away from children.  If we have anything to do with this, the murderer will be found and will have to answer for what they did.  We will not stop until there is justice for Chris!  

If you want to learn more about our cause, email us at  If you have a tip, please contact Allegheny County Homicide at 412.473.3000 or 412.473.1300.