Friday, April 28, 2006

Alicia Markovich now missing 19 years--Blairsville, Pennsylvania

After she walked out during an argument with her dad, did she intentionally run away, or did something more sinister happen? It's now been 19 years, and police do not have solid leads on the disappearance of Alicia Markovich. Read on....

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: April 26, 1987
from Blairsville, Pennsylvania
Classification: Endangered Missing
Of Birth: February 20, 1972
Age: 15 years old
Height and Weight: 5'2,
120 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, blue eyes.
Markovich's ears are pierced.
Clothing Description: A white crop top with
red, yellow and blue stripes, jeans and white tennis shoes.

Details of
Markovich's mother had custody of her in 1987 and they resided
in Windber, Pennsylvania. Markovich was visiting her father at his home in
Blairsville, Pennsylvania on April 26, 1987. She and her father had an argument
regarding her mother's request for additional child support for Markovich at the
time. Her father told authorities that Markovich walked out of his residence
abruptly during the argument and never looked back towards the house. He called
after and told her to return home by 8:00 p.m. Markovich never arrived and has
not been heard from again. She was carrying a pair of purple sunglasses at the
time of her disappearance.
Markovich's case is classified with many law
enforcement agencies as that of an Endangered Runaway, but some investigators
believe she may have not intended to leave voluntarily for an extended period of
time and could have become a victim of foul play. There were no leads in her
disappearance until October 2000, over 13 years since Markovich was last seen.
Her father received an anonymous letter at his home which detailed his
daughter's possible murder and burial location in Pennsylvania. The letter was
postmarked from New Bedford, New Hampshire. Authorities traveled to New Bedford
and questioned the person whose name was written on the return address of the
envelope. The unidentified individual had no knowledge of Markovich's case, nor
was he or she familiar with the Blairsville, Pennsylvania area. The person is
not believed to have been the author of the letter.
Investigators searched
an area identified in the note as Markovich's burial location in late 2000.
Authorities will not specify where the search took place, but did state that the
region was along the Conemaugh River outside of Blairsville. No evidence was
discovered during the initial search, but another attempt may take place
sometime in the future. Investigators are uncertain if the letter was a hoax,
but are exploring all possibilities.
Markovich was a freshman at Windber
High School at the time of her disappearance, and was a member of the school's
track team. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Pennsylvania State Police

You can also call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

You can print a poster of Alicia here.

Text and photos from the Charley Project ( Alicia around the time she disappearance and what she might have looked like at 31.

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