REMAINS OF MISSING PA WOMAN FOUND IN ALLEGANY CO.
The apparent remains of a Pennsylvania woman missing for four years have been found within a state forest in Allegany County.
The remains have tentatively been identified as those of Marion Sipes, who was 74 at the time she was reported missing on March 5, 2006. A positive identification has not been made at this time, but efforts are underway at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.
On April 25, 2010, two teenaged boys were hiking in Green Ridge State Park when they found what appeared to be a partial human skull. This information was provided to Maryland State Police at the Cumberland Barracks on the evening of April 26th.
Members of the Maryland State Police from the Cumberland Barracks and the Homicide Unit, as well as investigators and crime scene technicians from C3I and the Natural Resources Police, responded to the scene that night. The location is deep within the state park, about seven miles off Interstate 68 and about 40 yards from Mertins Road, a dirt and gravel access road within the park.
The scene was preserved overnight and investigators returned yesterday to expand the search. Police recovered additional skeletal remains, as well as jewelry and a checkbook belonging to Sipes. Investigators and crime scene technicians are at the scene again today, conducting a forensic examination of the area.
Foul play is not suspected at this time. Sipes was reported missing on March 5, 2006, after she was last seen in the area of 4th Avenue and Providence Street in Everett, PA. A missing person report was filed with Pennsylvania State Police at that time. Her vehicle, a blue 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier, was later located by Maryland Natural Resources Police in the Green Ridge State Park, along Kasecamp Road, near Bonds boat landing. The car had developed mechanical problems and was disabled. The temperatures at that time were below freezing.
The recovered remains will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for evaluation and to determine if a cause and manner of death can be identified. The investigation is continuing.