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.

10/26/2011 WPXI Announces Upcoming 5 PM story on Website

Target 11 Investigates 30th Anniversary Of Girl Vanishing From Bus Stop

Target 11’s Rick Earle has been investigating the mysterious case of a 15-year-old girl found dead after vanishing from a local bus stop.


Christine Guenther disappeared 30 years ago to the day, and the case has baffled investigators since.


Guenther was a vibrant, outgoing and athletic girl who was described as being liked by everyone.


Guenther was waiting for a bus at the intersection of Route 19 and McMurray Road when she vanished.


Five days later police found her body in a wooded area in Allegheny County.


Rick Earle talked with Guenther’s mother about her daughter and the toll the tragedy has taken on the entire family.


“She would never have gotten into a car,” Carmen Mader said. “Either somebody hit her, chloroformed her, or it was someone she knew. When she didn’t get home in time to go to the game, we knew it was bad.”


Friends and family members of Guenther are starting their own movement in hopes of catching the killer.


Earle will have complete coverage of this story Thursday on Channel 11 news beginning at 5 p.m.