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Charges filed against man in 35 year-old murder case in southern PA

PAStatePolicsGettysburgMurderviaShaneDunlap.TheEveningSunviaAPThe family of Helen Popa is sharing the following article (which appeared in The Huntingdon Daily News on 8.19.15) in hope of gathering further leads to resolve the murder of their beloved Mother/Grandmother which occured on New Year’s Eve in 1979 in Mt. Union, PA

GETTYSBURG (AP) — A man has been charged in a 35-year-old murder case in southern Pennsylvania, accused of killing a mother and her teenage daughter during an early morning burglary at their home, authorities said Tuesday.

Abraham Cruz Jr., 54, was charged with two counts of criminal homicide, conspiracy, arson and burglary in the 1980 slayings of 17-year-old Deborah Patterson and her mother Nancy Patterson, Adams County prosecutors and state police said.

Prosecutors said the arrest of two others in the case in recent years helped lead them to Cruz, who also was sentenced Tuesday in a separate federal case of threatening employees at a Social Security Office in 2011 and a federal Homeland Security agent.  Continue reading article HERE


New leads in 1979 Mt. Union, PA murder


On May 7th morning news anchor;  Angie Koehle of WTAJ will run a story on the 1979 Mount Union, Pennsylvania #Cold Case death of Helen Popa.  This segment will also run on WBRE Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and another sister station near Pittsburgh after the original air-date of May 7th.

The police have some very important leads and are now asking for additional
information from the public.

Morning Anchor – Angie Koehle
WTAJ Your News Leader