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Family makes arrangements while police still have no suspect

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




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.


1DACOUNTRYBOY(1260 comments)posted 2 years ago

"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."

After Gina was killed she was put in the apartment's dumpster. Did anyone abruptly move after the killing?

Let's investigate those in the apartment where she went to get the tea bags. Next investigate those who may have been visiting. Put the squeeze on those that have issues with the law and get them to talk. Security cameras are needed to document everyone coming to and leaving these apartments.

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2daar2055(54 comments)posted 2 years ago

I agree police are looking in all the wrong places. Plus her mother wants her body cremated. If that happens any evidence that got over looked from the body will be gone forever. She is a human being and no stone should be unturned. It doesn't take an Einstein to figure out how she got to Grove City...? Go in and out of every apt and leave no stone unturned. This person may still be living in that complex and will strick again after the dust settles. Compass West is a very unstable place and I would hold owns responsible for not making it a safe place for low income families to live.

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3janpentz(43 comments)posted 2 years ago

Don't be so suspicious of the mom cremating her daughter. It could simply be for cost and the mom has no money or insurance. Don't be haters yet. Also there should be security cameras on parking lots you would think?

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