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.

KDKA Story (Script Only)  9/11/2010



Facebook Page Devoted To Solving Local Cold Case

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ―After just two weeks, the page, "Solving The Chris Guenther Mystery" has almost 200 followers.

One of the page's organizers who did not want to be identified says the fear they felt in 1981 hasn't gone away.

"I can't tell you how many people I've spoken to either on the site or previous to its conception, how many people go when my child walks out the door I always think of Chris," the organizer said. "That fear still exists in us. Only now we're adults and more empowered to do something about it."

She was last seen in the fall of 1981 in the Donaldsons Crossroads area in Peters Township, Washington County. She was supposed to take a bus to town for a doctor's appointment and later meet her family for a Steelers game.

"I was very positive she wasn't a runaway, so my involvement at the time was really to rally all the help I could get – state police, helicopters. I also got the FBI," Therese Rocco, former Pittsburgh police assistant chief, said.

But a few days later, Christine Guenther's body was discovered in South Fayette Township, Allegheny County.

"These were multiple wounds seven or eight of them," Dr. Sanford Edberg, former Allegheny County Coroner said in 1981. "I would estimate a small axe or a hatchet would be the kind of a weapon that would cause this kind of a wound."

As the community coped with the tragedy, former missing persons expert Therese Rocco knew investigators had some theories, but not enough to convict.

"They had a suspect and this suspect came about as a result of having a molested young female from that particular area and he was sentenced he was charged and sentenced and he's doing time," says Rocco, "but there was never enough evidence to determine that he was responsible for Christine's disappearance and murder."

To date, there has been no arrest, but former classmates of Christine Guenther hope somebody from this region or elsewhere can help police with a piece of information or clue they haven't had before.

Officially, this case is in the jurisdiction of Allegheny County Homicide and anyone with information about the case should call them.

To learn more about the case, visit the  Facebook page or send an email to

Organizers are planning a memorial and for more information on that, email

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