D.A. seeks pub­lic’s help to solve 1993 mur­der

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - LOCAL - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @mont­co­court­news on Twit­ter

“Twen­ty­five years ago, a teenager went miss­ing and we want to bring her killer to jus­tice and pro­vide some clo­sure for her fam­ily.” _Mont­gomery County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Kevin R. Steele

NORRISTOWN >> Mont­gomery County and Lans­dale au­thor­i­ties are once again seek­ing the pub­lic’s as­sis­tance in solv­ing the 1993 mur­der of an 18-year-old girl whose body was found in a Lans­dale freight yard.

On Thurs­day, which was the 25th an­niver­sary of Julie Barny­ock’s dis­ap­pear­ance, Dis­trict At­tor­ney Kevin R. Steele and Lans­dale Po­lice Chief Michael B. Trail re­minded the pub­lic that a $10,000 re­ward re­mains avail­able to any­one who pro­vides in­for­ma­tion that leads to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of the girl’s killer.

“Twenty-five years ago, a teenager went miss­ing and we want to bring her killer to jus­tice and pro­vide some clo­sure for her fam­ily,” Steele said. “Our de­tec­tives con­tinue to go over this case, look­ing for any­thing that could help us. Now we are again ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help.

“Some­one knows some­thing. Please come for­ward with what­ever piece of info about Julie’s move­ments that day or any­thing some­one might have seen that night at the train sta­tion. I’ve seen many old cases solved when some­one comes for­ward with some­thing that on the sur­face seems in­signif­i­cant but it turns out to be a key puz­zle piece in find­ing a mur­derer,” Steele added.

At 11:40 p.m. on Mon­day, Nov. 8, 1993, the 18-year-old Barny­ock stepped off the R5 SEPTA train from Philadel­phia and onto the plat­form at Lans­dale Train Sta­tion where she used a pay phone to call her par­ents to re­quest a ride home, ac­cord­ing to Steele. Barny­ock, of Chal­font, re­port­edly had been in Philadel­phia that day with a friend, de­tec­tives said pre­vi­ously.

When Barny­ock’s fa­ther ar­rived at the train sta­tion he was un­able to lo­cate his daugh­ter.

The fol­low­ing day, Barny­ock’s par­ents re­ported her miss­ing to New Bri­tain Town­ship Po­lice but it wasn’t un­til three weeks later, on Thurs­day, Dec. 2, 1993, that Barny­ock’s body was dis­cov­ered at the Lans­dale SEPTA/Con­rail freight yard.

A lo­cal man who was walk­ing through a re­mote sec­tion of the Lans­dale freight yard - over­grown with brush and known as a reg­u­lar spot for home­less peo­ple - dis­cov­ered Barny­ock’s body, de­tec­tives pre­vi­ously re­vealed.

Au­topsy find­ings at the time re­vealed Barny­ock died af­ter suf­fer­ing a blunt force head in­jury and her death was ruled a homi­cide.

Steele said the case re­mains an ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Over the years, in­ves­ti­ga­tors have said they fol­lowed up on sev­eral leads and in­ter­viewed and re-in­ter­viewed hun­dreds of peo­ple.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call the Mont­gomery County De­tec­tive Bureau at 610-278-3368 or the Lans­dale Po­lice Depart­ment at 215-368-1801.

Steele added that anony­mous tips via text mes­sag­ing also can be sent to au­thor­i­ties us­ing Mont­coCrimeTips on the STOPit app. The free app can be down­loaded from the app store for iPhones or on Google Play for An­droid de­vices. Users just have to en­ter the code: MONTCOPA.

The free mo­bile app called STOPit is sim­ple to use on any cell­phone and al­lows users to text in­for­ma­tion, a photo or video and trans­mit it di­rectly to the county’s 911 Emer­gency Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Cen­ter. While the 911 dis­patch­ers will be able to com­mu­ni­cate di­rectly with the tip­sters in real time if ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion is re­quired, of­fi­cials stressed the tipster’s phone num­ber re­mains anony­mous.

Tips will be di­rected to de­tec­tives, who will re­view them.


The Mont­gomery County dis­trict at­tor­ney is ask­ing for help to solve the 1993 mur­der of Julie Barny­ock in Lans­dale. A $10,000 re­ward is still avail­able for in­for­ma­tion that leads to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of her killer.

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