Property searched for remains of teen who vanished in 1989


HALIFAX, Pa. (WHTM) – Police have searched a rural property in northern Dauphin County for the remains of a Halifax teenager who disappeared nearly 30 years ago.

State police said they are focusing on persons of interest in the case of Tracy Marie Kroh, and one of them has ties to the 30-acre property off Middle Road in Halifax Township.

Police searched the same property in 2016 after receiving a tip that changed the course of their decades-long investigation. They said the tip centered around a male from Dauphin County who could have been involved in Kroh’s disappearance. That person has been interviewed.

Investigators returned Monday because they have new technology that was not available to them three years ago.

“We’ve done aerial flyovers using an infrared system which has pointed to some possible abnormalities in the earth, and that’s why we’re out here exploring,” Trooper Jeremiah Mistick said.

Troopers were using horses to cover the rural terrain and two cadaver dogs that work particularly well in wet weather.

A home on the property burned under suspicious circumstances in 2015, police said.

Kroh was 17 years old when she was last seen at the Alex Acres Trailer Park in Halifax on Aug. 5, 1989. She was trying to visit her sister and brother-in-law who lived there, but they were not at home. She dropped off a barbecue grill and some grocery store coupons.

The property searched Monday is a quarter-mile from the trailer park.

Kroh wasn’t reported missing until the next day because her parents thought she had spent the night at her sister’s home. They called the police after finding out Kroh was not at her sister’s house.

Kroh’s blue-striped white 1971 Mercury Comet was found at the town square in Millersburg the following evening, on Aug. 6, 1989. Her belongings were not inside the vehicle.

Parts of her wallet, including her driver’s license and National Honor Society card, were found in December 1993 in an area along Wiconisco Creek, off Rakers Mill Road in Washington Township, nine miles from Millersburg.

Police said Kroh did not have a history of running away from home. She left $300 behind in her bedroom and $400 in her bank account. She was described as a shy, studious teenager with no enemies. She was about to start her senior year at Halifax High School.

Authorities believe she was abducted, probably by someone she knew. The case is being investigated as a homicide. Police said many people have been interviewed and many leads were given to authorities, but no one has ever been arrested and charged.

Anyone with information should call a hotline established for the case, 717-645-3275, the state police Troop H Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit at 717-671-7534, or Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477).

All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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