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    MD - Cynthia Joan Gastelle, 18, Takoma Park, 3 April 1980


    Cynthia Joan Gastelle

    Endangered Missing from Takoma Park, Maryland since April 3, 1980

    Age: 18 -- Height: 5'0" -- Weight: 90 lbs -- Hair Color: Brown -- Eye Color: Brown


    Cynthia was last seen in Takoma Park, Maryland on April 3, 1980. She has never been heard from again. Few details are available in her case.


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    Cynthia Joan Gastelle


    Gastelle, 18, disappeared from Takoma Park, Maryland on April 3, 1980. Her skeletal remains were found in Haymarket, Virginia in February 1982. She wasn't identified until June 2012.

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    http://www.northernvirginiamag.com/cold-cases/

    Whatever happened to 18-year old Cynthia Joan Gastelle is one of those whodunit cases Coady is handling. She was reported missing to the Takoma Park police in Maryland by her family on April 3, 1980. On February 12, 1982, Prince William police found skeletal remains on Bull Run Mountain off of Mountain Road in the Haymarket area.

    Investigators didn’t know who she was, where she came from or how she got to where she was found. “They had a possibility of how she died but it wasn’t a concrete sort of thing at the time, where it was enough to know it was murder,” Coady says...

    There is no evidence of the perpetrator in that case, though they do have a picture of a former boyfriend who they consider a person of interest.


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    Possibly related cases...

    This case involves what would appear to be an abduction, murder, and transportation of the victim across state lines - from Maryland to Virginia.

    I wonder if this case might be related to some other similar abuction/murders of young girls which occurred in and arround the Virginia, DC, Maryland area around that same time frame. Here are a few:

    Kimberly Christine Mileo, 21, Missing June 1983 from Croom, Maryland

    Katherine O'Neil Anderson , 24, Missing 20 April 1979 from Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

    LINK:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/930dfmd.html


    Gina Renee Hall, 18, Missing since June 28, 1980 from Radford, VA

    LINK:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2147dfva.html


    Zita Cecilia Gutierrez, 24, Missing since August 22, 1980 from Bethesda, MD

    LINK:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/820dfmd.html


    Virginia Alice Welch, 22, Missing since July 12, 1982 from Roanoke, VA

    LINK:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1502dfva.html

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...7#post11574757


    Catherine Worsky, 12, Missing since July 12, 1982 from Charlottesville, VA

    LINK:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/2401dfva.html

    http://www.c-ville.com/law-enforceme.../#.VOiXrS6Feio

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...e-12-July-1982


    Diana Lynn Knack, 22, abducted from Prince Georges County, MD 24 Dec 1977 Body found in Great Falls, VA months later.


    Nancy Lynn Jason,18, Missing from Chevy Chase, MD 20 July 1977

    LINK:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3142dfmd.html


    Eileen Kelly, 18, Unsolved Murder December 1974, Washington DC

    LINK:
    http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/frames.asp?d...pdf&group=1533

    http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/lo...ington_DC.html


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    From a 2012 Washington Post article:

    Remains of Cynthia Gastelle of Takoma Park identified 32 years after her disappearance
    By Justin Jouvenal June 13, 2012

    Cynthia Joan Gastelle left her Takoma Park home on the morning of April 3, 1980, her family said, headed for job interviews in Silver Spring. The diminutive 18-year-old made it to one appointment, at a delicatessen, and then disappeared.

    [...]

    On Wednesday, authorities announced that DNA from skeletal remains found in 1982 — in what was then a remote section of Prince William County — was Cynthia’s.

    [...]

    “We had so hoped that she would come back to us,” said Peter Gastelle, whose voice cracked as he spoke. “Our hope is now gone, and our hearts are broken again.”

    [...]

    Prince William police said the break in the case came after DNA samples were collected from the Gastelle family in 2011 to see whether the material matched DNA from remains found in another jurisdiction.

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    A hiker stumbled upon the remains in a wooded area in the 1100 block of Mountain Road, near Haymarket, in February 1982. The skeleton showed injuries consistent with a stabbing, police said. A cream-colored sweater and dark corduroy pants were found with the remains, police said. Cynthia stood 5-foot-1 and weighed about 90 pounds.

    Detectives said they want to speak with Cynthia Gastelle’s former boyfriend, a man who was called Mike or Michael and who was a part-time student in his late teens or early 20s at the time of her disappearance. Police said they are unsure of his full name, but they showed a photo of him in which he has long, curly hair, lambchop sideburns, a goatee and mustache. They emphasized that he is not a suspect in the case.
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    Cynthia's brother was interviewed for this July 2015 Washington Times article about victims who remain unidentified.

    Police keep looking for answers to unidentified remains
    By MICHAEL SMITH - Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

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    “The not knowing is always the worst thing,” Peter Gastelle said. “As the years went by, you start to think that something terrible did happen, but you don’t want to let that genie out of the bottle.”

    Cynthia’s skeleton showed injuries consistent with a stabbing, police said at the time. No arrest had been made. Now that the Gastelles know Cynthia is gone, their focus has turned to finding her killer.

    “We were kind of happy living in a dream world,” Gastelle said of thinking Cynthia was alive and well. “Now we live with a brutal reality with a far dimmer hope that the perpetrator gets caught.”

    Gastelle said his advice to families with missing loved ones would be to exhaust every effort. “My message to my peers in this awful club that we belong to is to not give up hope,” he said. “There are tools out there (you can use). Retrace the steps of your loved ones. Be a detective yourself.”
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    From February 2015 mentions the possibility of a link to the Lyon sisters -- "no definitive answers", per Det. Brian Coady, Prince William County PD.

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    Another article from 2012

    Remains of missing Maryland teen identified after 32 years
    Wednesday Jun 13, 2012 2:05 PM


    [...]

    Prior to his sister's disappearance, Peter Gastelle says, Cynthia Gastelle had been going to job interviews in Takoma Park. She had a GED and a cosmetology certificate, but had decided she didn't want to work in that field.
    On the day she disappeared, one deli had called with a job offer.

    But that night she didn't come home.

    Now police are investigating the case as a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS.

    Police also would like to speak to the man in the picture below, who was in Takoma Park when Gastelle disappeared. Police said he is not a person of interest in the case.

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