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.

Christine Guenther:  The Teenager

Who was Chris Guenther?  Was she a sassy teenager?  A sweet girl?  A troublemaker?

Chris was a promising 15-year-old girl who had the future in front of her.  That was who she was.  "She was a good person," stated one friend. "She stayed out of trouble, and was a kind, caring girl.  She didn't deserve this."

Chris was as unsuspecting as every teenager who walked through the community of Peters Township.  Her largest concerns were attending the Steeler games, skiing, babysitting, and tennis. She thought nothing of catching a bus to Pittsburgh. Those days, a lot of teens would do the same thing. 

She was a kid sister, a daughter, a niece, a cousin, and a friend.   

Her father (now deceased) was Executive Assistant to the President of the United Steelworkers   When Chris went missing, he told the press, "She was a good student...a member of the tennis team." Later, he referred to his athletic daughter as a 'tomboy.' A very responsible girl, she always checked in with home.

The greatest detail of Chris's life is she was a victim.  Subjected to a horrific crime, her biography falls short as a result.  We can't tell you about her high school graduation, college degree, wedding day, her marriage, her career, nor her children. They don't exist because Chris didn't live long enough to experience these milestones.  

Unfortunately, what we can tell you is she died from blows to her head with an ax or hatchet, according to one article.  Based on some stories, she lived through this ordeal potentially for days.  Imagine that?  Being an innocent 15-year-old girl who was subjected to days of terror and uncertainty, only to land lifeless on the side of Cecil Sturgeon Road.

Long after her death, her story continues.  It may have taken 30 years, but one thing is true, her peers could not forget the young woman who was just like them.  A typical teenager in Peters Township who liked sports, loved the Black and Gold, and enjoyed hitting the slopes.  As stated by members of the FoCG, "We will never forget."