Austintown mom confirms body found is her daughter


Police notified the family of 16-year-old Gina Burger this afternoon that the missing girl’s body had been found in a landfill in Mercer County, Pa.

Her mother, Jaclyn Bacher, said shortly after 3:30 p.m. by phone: “We just got word that that was my daughter.”

A tearful Bacher did not want to say more.

The cause of death is not known at this time.

Austintown Police Chief Robert Gavalier said Burger’s body was found “fully intact” Wednesday afternoon, so police are investigating to find out how she died.

“Toxicology reports take a little bit of time. ... We’re not positive; that’s why we’re waiting to see,” Gavalier said.

He said police were first out at the Compass West Apartments on Monday night when Burger’s disappearance was called in, and then again Wednesday night to canvass the area. Multiple detectives were at the apartment Thursday.

Pennsylvania State Police based in Mercer had been handling the investigation since the body was found Wednesday at Tri-County Industries in Grove City, Pa.

Tri-County serves nine counties, and the Mercer County coroner’s office had the body.

Read more about Gina and events surrounding her death in Saturday's Vindicator or on

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