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Weissport woman

  • Sharon Weaver
    Sharon Weaver
Published January 19. 2010 05:00PM

State police at Lehighton said that a DNA test performed on the body of a woman found in the Lehigh River near Slatington, has confirmed that it is that of a missing Weissport woman.

Troopers said the test revealed that the body found along the river was that of Sharon Louise Weaver, 55, 222 White St., who was missing since Nov. 4, 2009. An autopsy also revealed that Weaver died of drowning.

Troopers said Weaver, who was epileptic, left the Boatyard Bar along Canal St., in Franklin Township, about 6:30 p.m. She was reported missing the next day by Richard Kern with whom she resided in an apartment. Kern told investigators at the time that he became concerned for Weaver when she did not return home. He said he last saw her when she left the bar.

The body of a Caucasian female was found about 11 a.m. on Jan. 5 by Lehigh County Parks and Recreation employees who were doing safety patrols along the river. The body was partially decomposed and had some clothing on it. The clothing was similar to the clothing Weaver was last seen wearing.

The DNA sample used to positively identify Weaver was from her daughter, Kristen Dunning of Kresgeville, according to a published report.

An autopsy on Jan. 7 confirmed the identification and the cause of death. Troopers said no foul play is suspected in the death.

Lehigh County coroner Scott M. Grim said dental records of the victim used to try and identify her were not conclusive, and that was why a DNA comparison was needed. He said the DNA test was a "100 percent match" for Weaver.

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