PA PA - Sandra Hopler, 18, LaPlume, 29 Sept 1973

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  1. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    Sandra Lee Hopler

    Missing since September 29, 1973 from LaPlume, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

    Classification: Missing

    Vital Statistics

    Age at Time of Disappearance: 18 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4"; 125 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes.
    AKA: Sandy

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Sandra, a native of Essex County, NJ, was reported missing on September 29, 1973 from Keystone Junior College, where she was a student.

    She had told her roommate that she was going to New York City for a visit. She has not been seen nor heard from since.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Pennsylvania State Police - Troop R
    570-963-3156

    Agency Case Number: R01-0007906

    Source Information:

    Pennsylvania Missing Persons
    Doe Network
     
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  3. taramarie

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    How do you feel about this doe in comparison to Sandra Hopler? The location of the body is about 2hrs from the place where Sandra was last seen and the age and timing are right. Please let me know your thoughts....

    http://doenetwork.org/cases/609ufpa.html
     
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    chaddylex Verified Insider

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    Taramarie,

    I think this could be a possible match. The characterisitics add up and the UID is said to have been killed in Sept which is the time that Sandra went missing. I would say to submit it!
     
  6. taramarie

    taramarie Member

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    I know the sketch doesn't really match Sandra's picture, but the sketch seems to be of pretty low quality so I don't know how much we should actually rely on it.

    As far as submitting the match, I have never done that before. How do you go about it?
     
  7. chaddylex

    chaddylex Verified Insider

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    Taramarie,

    Both the UID and Sandra are from PA and their point of Contact is the PA State Police. I looked for an email link, but didn't find one. You could call Pennsylvania State Police - Troop R 570-963-3156. They are the ones handling Sandra's Case. Make sure when you call you give them the case number which is R01-0007906

    Or you could call the Police Dept that is in charge of the UID..Pennsylvania State Police 610-378-4035
    Agency Case # - L02-001259
    NCIC # - U-853401149.

    I looked on Namus to see if the UID was listed on there and she wasn't. Sometimes on Namus they have a list of ruleouts....

    Let me know if I can help you with anything else and keep us posted!
     
  8. Cubby

    Cubby fly the W!

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    Excellent possible match taramarie!

    I would submit to both agencies.

    Good luck!
     
  9. Lady Stardust

    Lady Stardust New Member

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    Unidentified White Female
    Found October 10, 1973 in Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Lebanon County.

    Vital Statistics
    Estimated Age: 16-20 years old
    Estimated Height & Weight: 5'6"-5'8" with a thin build.
    Hair Color: Light Brown or Blonde
    Eye Color: Unknown
    Dentals: Available, Extensive dental work.
    Fingerprints: Available
    DNA: Not Available
    State of Remains: Decomposed from the waist up.
    Estimated Time of Death: September 1973
    Other: no clothing, jewelry or other personal effects.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: thin nose with the bridge swayed slightly left with tip to the right. High forehead and a strong, tilted chin.
    No previous fractures.

    Case Details

    On October 10, 1973 at about 6:30pm, the badly decomposed remains of a young woman were found about 200 yards off of Route 443 near Green Point. The area she was found in is part of the Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation land. She was found by two Deputy Game Protectors.

    There had been no attempt to bury the body. She was covered by tree branches, brush and a 48"x32.5" piece of plastic. On the plastic was a white seal which read, "National Sanitation Foundation, Testing Laboratory, Number 8505".

    Despite contacting dentists, families of missing girls and other police departments, the girl's identity remains unknown.

    Investigators

    If you have any information about this case, please contact:

    Pennsylvania State Police
    610-378-4035

    Agency Case # - L02-001259
    NCIC # - U-853401149

    Sources
    Pennsylvania State Police
    NewspaperArchive.com
    Lebanon Daily News
    NewsLibrary.com

    http://www.pennsylvaniamissing.com/609ufpafortindgap.html
     
  10. taramarie

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    I just got off the phone with the Pennsylvania State Police. The very helpful man I spoke with took down all of my info and even got on the website with me and we compared them over the phone together. He sounded extremely interested and told me that the investigator in charge of Sandra's case was out today, but he would call him at home (he said that they have been working on her case more lately and he thought Cpl. Steve would like to hear the lead).

    Anyhow, he called me back about 10 min later and told me that after going and delving into it a little more, he found that they have already compared Sandra to this UID and there was no match. I asked him if he had a list of who Sandra has been compared to and he said he would have the investigator call me when he's back in next week.

    Back to the drawing board, I guess...
     
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    Too bad, this did look like a good match based on all the info. (The sketch is very bad, it even makes the UID look like she had black hair when the info says it was light brown to blonde). I wondered if Ms Hopler could have be become an Alcala victim since she was going to New York. Does anybody know where he was at that time>?
     
  13. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    This month will mark 37 years that Sandra has been missing. Come home soon.
     
  14. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    Sandra's photo and information was recently printed by the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). It has a photo of her in 1973 and an age progression to 55. Here is what it said:

    Date Missing: 09/29/73

    Name: Sandra Hopler
    From: La Plume, PA
    DOB: 06/08/55
    SEX: Female
    AGE: 55 (today) 18 at time of disappearance
    HAIR: Lt. Brown
    EYES: Hazel
    HEIGHT: 5' 4"
    WEIGHT: 125 lbs.
     
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    I submitted the UID found in PA as a match to Sandra Lee Hopler again. The investigators on both the UID and the missing person think it could be a match and a DNA test is being completed. I will let you know when I hear something.
     
  18. joeytes

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    Sandra Lee Hopler was ruled out.
     
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    BBM below ... Was it ever said how Sandra was traveling to NYC? Hitchhiking? Martz Trailways bus? Riding with another student? Her own car?


     

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