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.

Almanac Editorial  10/26/2011

Time to resolve Guenther murder 



Exactly 30 years ago, a 15-year-old girl simply vanished from Peters Township. Her body was recovered five days later in a rural area of South Fayette Township.

The killer of Christine Guenther has never been brought to justice.

For three long decades, the case remains unsolved. Law enforcement refers to it as a "cold case" but her friends say nothing about it is cold and they want to remind the public that there is no statute of limitation on homicide.

Over the years, officials have shifted through hundreds of leads and tips, all to no avail. And police assure any new information will be investigated.

Chris' friends will not let her memory fade. Currently, there are 180 followers on a Facebook page dedicated to her, and several are planning a memorial weekend Oct. 29 to 31 that includes a Mass at St. Benedict the Abbot Church and a graveside service in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in McMurray. Perhaps, the most visible sign of the past 30 years, will be an electronic billboard at the intersection of Valley Brook and Washington roads in Peters Township. The sign will first be displayed at the exact time her body was recovered, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 31.