Remains of missing Tampa girl Jennifer Marteliz not found buried in Pennsylvania

1:02 PM, Jul 6, 2012   |    comments
7-year-old Jennifer Marteliz disappeared while walking home from school in Tampa in 1982.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) - A forensic anthropologist says his team found no trace of the remains of a Florida girl who Pennsylvania State Police believed might have been buried in southwestern Pennsylvania shortly after she was last seen in Tampa nearly 30 years ago.

Dennis Dirkmaat, a scientist from Mercyhurst University, says cadaver dogs and a team of his students couldn't find any trace of Jennifer Marteliz, the 7-year-old girl who was last seen walking home from school in Tampa on Nov. 15, 1982.

State police asked Dirkmaat to help them search some property in Fayette County, about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh, after a woman told them that her former neighbor - who had a second home in Tampa - may have buried the girl near his property. The man died in 1992.

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