The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

June 28, 2014

Gina Marie Burger

PINE TOWNSHIP — The body of a white female found Wednesday at Tri-County Industries’ Pine Township transfer station was identified Friday, and the cause of death was ruled a homicide.

The female was identified as Gina Marie Burger, 16, of Austintown, Ohio.

Burger’s cause of death was a stab wound to the chest and was being investigated as a homicide, according to Mercer County Coroner J. Bradley McGonigle.

She had last been seen at 8 p.m. Monday by her mother, Jacqueline Bacher, with whom she was residing in Austintown, according to McGonigle.

Bob Gavalier, Austintown Township (Ohio) police chief, said there is no reason to believe she was a runaway.

Her identity was confirmed by matching serial numbers from surgical rods in her back with the location where the surgery took place in Texas, McGonigle said.

Around 3 p.m. Wednesday, employees of Tri-County noticed the body on a pile in the back of a garbage truck, which indicated she had been placed in a trash container located at a business, but not in Austintown, Gavalier said.

The evidence around her body is being processed by the State of Ohio Criminal Bureau of Investigation over the weekend, according to Gavalier.

The body could have been picked up from anywhere within the wide range of territories served by Tri-County. Trucks from Clarion to Youngstown and north to Erie drop off garbage at the transfer station.

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