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Skull found in West Hanover Township might be that of missing woman

Posted 2/12/20

State Police are investigating to determine if a human skull found in the woods in West Hanover Township by hikers Feb. 9 is that of a woman who disappeared from the same area under suspicious …

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Skull found in West Hanover Township might be that of missing woman

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State Police are investigating to determine if a human skull found in the woods in West Hanover Township by hikers Feb. 9 is that of a woman who disappeared from the same area under suspicious circumstances in 2007.

Police do not know enough yet to determine the identity of the skull discovered north of the 7800 block of Fishing Creek Valley Road. However, police are investigating leads between the skull and missing persons cases.

Of “particular interest,” police say, is where the skull was discovered in relation to the area from where Heike Leich was reported missing in 2007, police said in a release today.

Leich was reported missing on Aug. 8, 2007, by her common-law spouse, according to an October 2016 Crimewatch post where State Police said they were continuing to investigate her disappearance.

Leich was last seen in her driveway on Fishing Creek Valley Road. Police in the post said that Leich was believed to be the victim of homicide.

State Police on Tuesday searched the area looking for additional remains along with the Dauphin County Coroner’s office and a forensic anthropology team from Mercyhurt University.

No additional remains were found and further testing is necessary to determine other identifying characteristics of the skull, police said.

This analysis process will include support from the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, police said.