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Family makes arrangements while police still have no suspect



Published: Tue, July 1, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

By ROBERT CONNELLY

rconnelly@vindy.com

AUSTINTOWN

Authorities continued to look for leads in the investigation of Gina Bacher Burger’s death as her mother made funeral arrangements Monday.

Austintown Police Chief Robert Gavalier said authorities believe Gina died from a stab wound to her chest, but still do not know the exact cause of death.

Police are awaiting results of a toxicology report.

Gavalier said police also are waiting to hear from the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation about evidence it processed over the weekend. He expected that information later Monday or today.

There are no suspects or persons of interest in the case.

Gavalier said finding out where Gina died is “going to be very difficult unless we can find a suspect, and without a witness or a suspect” telling us where she died, Gavalier said.

He did confirm that the garbage from Compass West goes to Tri-County Industries in Grove City, Pa., where Gina’s body was found June 25. He also said trash from parts of Austintown and Youngstown is delivered to the landfill, which serves nine counties.

Gina was reported missing by her mother, Jacqueline Bacher, the night of June 23 after she said her daughter went to get some tea bags from a neighbor in their Compass West apartment complex.

Austintown police and BCI officials are investigating the case together. The Pennsylvania State Police operating out of Mercer County originally had handled the investigation and turned all of its evidence over to Austintown, Gavalier said.

George Kinnick of Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, said he received Gina’s body from the Erie County Coroner’s Office in Pennsylvania on Monday morning and was working with Bacher to set up a viewing service for later this week.

Bacher has said she planned on having Gina cremated.

Anyone with information related to the case is encouraged to call Austintown police, 330-799-9721.


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