Police are testing a chunk of concrete found in a Pennsylvania home in hopes to solve a 1989 cold case.
FOX News reports that Sunbury Police Chief Tim Miller announced forensic experts are testing the concrete slab to see if it contains any information on the disappearance of Barbara Elizabeth Miller (no relation to Tim Miller.)
Police have speculated that Barbara was killed and dismembered by a wood chipper. Preliminary tests on the slab, conducted earlier this month, revealed that it contained wood chips.
A forensic pathologist is "dissecting the walls, so to speak, piece by piece, hammer-and-chisel type, looking for the smallest of clues," Tim Miller said last week. “Obviously the presence of wood chips in a concrete wall is highly suspicious."
Police believe that Barbara may have been killed in 1989 by her former boyfriend and ex-cop, Mike Egan. Egan, now 59, still maintains his innocence. He has served time in prison for receiving stolen property while working as a cop.
In court records, Egan has made references to visiting his “old lady” at the home where the concrete slab was found.
Egan’s sister, Cathy Reitenbach, lived in the home at the time of Barbara’s disappearance. She was also reportedly one of the last people who saw Barbara before she vanished without a trace. Days before she went missing, she told friends she was scared of her boyfriend. She also complained about him to police in the months leading up to her disappearance.
Barbara Miller's teenage son said his mother and Egan had a fight the night she went missing over her plans to attend a friend's wedding without him, Fox News reports. The son also noticed that his mother’s car tires were covered in clay, which could have had something to do with concrete work.
In the home where the concrete slab was extracted, police found a "highly suspicious construction," made of hand-mixed concrete in a small room of the basement.