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Family speaks out about Tamaqua woman's death

Published February 03. 2014 09:01AM

The family of the Angela Steigerwalt is speaking out.

Donald R. Serfass of Tamaqua, Steigerwalt’s uncle, said in an email early this morning that the family is touched by the outpouring support they have received since learning of Angela’s death.

“The Serfass and Steigerwalt families thank you for your thoughtfulness and caring,” he wrote. “A beautiful, loving, young woman has been taken from us at the prime of her life and we’re struggling for answers.

“We have complete faith in the Pennsylvania State Police who are leaving no stone unturned to get to the bottom of this tragedy. Please know that your support is a great comfort and means more than words can express.”

Police identified the burned body found off Flagstaff Road in Jim Thorpe as the 35-year-old Tamaqua woman early Sunday.

At the time, Serfass said Steigerwalt was last seen when she left for her job at Kraft Foods in Fogelsville Friday night.

“She put so much joy into everyone’s life,” Serfass said. “The whole family was so proud of her.”

State police found Steigerwalt’s Buick LaCrosse sedan, as well as a man in the vehicle in North Carolina. If he is determined to be a viable suspect, he will be extradited back to the area.

According to the police report, the remains were discovered off Flagstaff Road, at 9:50 a.m. Saturday, while Jim Thorpe Fire Department personnel were extinguishing a reported brush fire.

Police said Steigerwalt’s body was thrown over a 15- to 20-foot embankment into the laurel bushes. Serfass told the TIMES NEWS over the weekend that an autopsy is scheduled for today.

The investigation is continuing. State police's major case team is handling the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the crime is asked to contact Lehighton State Police at 610-377-4270.

Angela and her husband, Gary, reside in Tamaqua with Gary's son, Brendon.

Four years ago in January, Gary suffered another tragedy when another son was killed in a motorcycle accident that reportedly was the other person's fault.

Gary wrote on his Facebook page, "Friday night I lost my best and the best wife A guy could have. She was murdered by some guy. They found her Sat. Morning. Caught the the guy in NC with her car today. Need lots prayers for Brendon and I to help us through this."

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