Grand Jury To Reopen 31 Cold Cases For Review

February 2, 2010

Pennsylvania (ChattahBox) – A district attorney in Northampton County, Pennsylvania is reopening 31 cold cases to be presented to a special grand jury, spanning back over 30 years.

“We have approximately 31 unsolved homicides that go back 30 years,” District Attorney John M. Morganelli said in a recent interview with CNN.

“I thought it was time to look at them.”

This is the second time that Morganelli has opened up cold cases to an investigative grand jury. The last time two out of six were solved.

So far, three cases have been prepared for the jury.

The first is of 17-year-old Moira “Holly” Branagan, a high school student who was stabbed to death so viciously in her home in 1979 that the blade of the knife was broken off in her back.

The second is Robert Sarko, who disappeared in 2000. Human remains believed to be Sarko’s were found buried along with his ID.

The third is John Mayerchak, who was found shot dead in his home in 1985. Several suspects have been gathered, but no motive was confirmed.

They may also be presenting the case of Charlotte Fimiano, a real estate agent that was found shot and strangled in a home she was showing, with what looked like a telephone cord.

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