Police find evidence underwater in connection with missing Barbara Miller

Barbara E, Miller, 30, from 239 Penn Street in Sunbury, Penn. has been missing since July 1989.  She had spoken with her mother on June 29, and told her of a wedding reception in Milton on July 1, she said she was looking forward to attending.  But Barbara never showed up and no one has seen her since, even her son, who was 15 at the time.

The only other information police had come from Barbara’s ex-boyfriend, Joseph Walter “Mike” Egan, on July 5, 1989, when he reported her missing and stated he had seen her get into a car with two men.  Egan was later named a suspect in connection with Barbara’s disappearance.

In June, 2017, authorities received a tip that Barbara’s remains were inside the walls of the home on North Front Street in Milton and crews spent a week digging on the property, but nothing was found.   The Milton home formerly was owned by former Northumberland County Judge Samuel C. Ranck.  Cathy Reitenbach, sister of the lead suspect in the Barbara Miller case, Joseph Walter “Mike” Egan, rented out the home.

“You know how they say a new set of eyes made a difference, and we’re just keeping our fingers crossed and hopefully they find it so we can get an answer to it,” Sunbury Mayor Dave Persing told WNEP.

Then on Thursday, Aug. 10, investigators returned to Barbara’s former home and searched again.  Later a dive team was seen at a pond along Route 45 in West Chillisquaque Township and the bridge over the Susquehanna River.  Sunbury Police Chief Tim Miller tells Eyewitness News they were looking for a box.  Around 3 p.m. the police were seen taking a container out of the private pond, reports the Daily Item.

The container was put into a big yellow barrel.  What is inside the container has not been disclosed, and whether it is evidence or remains of Barbara are not known at this time.

Click here to read the former police chief’s recount of Barbara’s case.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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