Teala Thomspon

13-year-old Teala Patricia Thompson left her Pittsburgh home on a September day in 1967, and never returned. Her family reported her as missing, but Pittsburgh police never connected her disappearance with the case of a girl found in a landfill in Salem Township, Pa., that same year.

Teala Thompson's sister, Mary, was only 4 when Teala went missing. Mary remembers her mother cautioning her when the family moved to Greensburg, PA,. in the mid-1990s.

“She told me to be careful in Greensburg because I had a sister that was murdered up there,” Thompson told The Washington Post.

Teala Thompson was finally identified as the girl whose lifeless body was dumped in the trash and later discovered in a landfill.

The unidentified body was buried by the city in an unmarked cemetery in potter's field in 1967.

Pennsylvania State trooper Brian Gross is credited with reopening the decades old cold case and getting a court order to exhume the body in the potter's grave.

A dental chart done on the body in the 1960s matched the skeletal remains that was exhumed from the potter's grave.

A police artist created an age-progression photo of how the girl would likely look today.

Mary Thompson saw the age-progression photo on the news and immediately called Gross. “It’s my sister,” she told him.

Investigators obtained Mary's DNA and the DNA of other family members. A lab at the University of North Texas that specializes in missing children cases made the positive match.

State Trooper Gross personally delivered the news to Mary Thompson.

The 52-year-old mother-of-4 said she had waited all her life for the news.

“We’re grateful, but we’re still hurting,” she said. “We’re happy, but we’re hurting.”

Their mother died never knowing what happened to her daughter, who would have turned 62 this year.

Gross said the case is not closed because Teala's murderer is still out there.

Mary plans to give the remains to her older sister Jerry Denson of Saylorsburg, PA.

Denson and Teala were closer in age and they were best friends.

The family plans to give Teala a proper burial.

“We just want to know what happened to her,” Mary Thompson said. “How did she die?”

Thanks to loyal reader Travis C. for the tip.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    RIP

  • iWasteTime

    I'm glad they got some type of closure by being able to lay her to rest properly.

    " told me to be careful in Greensburg because I had a sister that was murdered up there" . . . I find this odd, if know one knew what happened.

  • MzFutureLCSW

    People are sick and have been for eons.
    RIP baby girl. Lord, bring peace to the family, with or without a cause of death.

  • MzFutureLCSW

    I find this odd, if know one knew what happened
    Good catch.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Hmmm
    I think they can figure more out IF they wanted to ?

  • Lenina Just Lenina

    I read about this on a missing persons page a while back. God rest her soul!!!

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Maybe since she was 13 and missing that was the only explanation

  • harley_quinn2.0

    49 years? My heart is aching so bad. Prayers for the family.

  • Nonya Bizness

    Very sad, but I'm confused about one thing. If the girl went missing from her house in Pittsburgh, why would her mom tell her sister 20+ years later to be careful in Greensburg,"because she had a sister that was m urdered up there"? Greensburg is 32 miles from Pittsburgh. WHY would the mom of the missing girl say she was k illed in Greenburg? She was found in a landfill 29 miles from her home, not in Greensburg. Where did Greensburg come into play?

  • Nonya Bizness

    Thank you! I just asked about that. Why would mama say Greensburg if she went missing from Pittsburgh? Greensburg isn't even where her remains were found.

  • Nonya Bizness

    Thank you! I just asked about that. Why would mama say Greensburg if she went missing from Pittsburgh? Greensburg isn't even where her remains were found.

  • Di Ana

    I'm trying to find the similarities, but the sketch looks nothing like her. Such a beautiful little girl; so sad.

  • Di Ana

    I'm trying to find the similarities, but the sketch looks nothing like her. Such a beautiful little girl; so sad.

  • Alisa

    We now know who she is Now let's find the out who/what/when/how. Trust me someone knows even if the killer is dead. Stories tend to get passed around hopefully someone will step toward.

  • Alisa

    We now know who she is Now let's find the out who/what/when/how. Trust me someone knows even if the killer is dead. Stories tend to get passed around hopefully someone will step toward.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Oh wait I read she mentioned another city yeah that is weird

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Oh wait I read she mentioned another city yeah that is weird

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Up there. Meaning.... In that area perhaps. Raleigh is 32 miles from parts of Durham but we get lumped in together. Same thought maybe? Idk.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Up there. Meaning.... In that area perhaps. Raleigh is 32 miles from parts of Durham but we get lumped in together. Same thought maybe? Idk.

  • That’s Interesting

    Sad sad sad. I hate it when people disappear. Just heartbreaking.

  • That’s Interesting

    Sad sad sad. I hate it when people disappear. Just heartbreaking.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Read this over weekend. They think bc of the age of the case, the killer may be already dead. God bless this family. Sads

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Read this over weekend. They think bc of the age of the case, the killer may be already dead. God bless this family. Sads

  • Genia

    RIP dear angel. I hope for all we pray for and all we expect in an after life, that when your mother passed on, it was you who greeted her spirit. Rest in Love

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    The mom would've been 62 and one of her daughter is 52?

    Were they having kids that young in those days?

    I m glad she was found.I use to watch Cold Case and it freaked me out how many elderly ex-criminals out there

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    No, the missing girl would've been 62. 13+49=62

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    If it weren't for the likes of Dr Michael Baden or scientist like them, these cases would remain unsolved and antiquated. People like him and John Walsh have been on a mission to help families find missing pieces to the puzzles. Thank God that have some closure.

  • SameoleJ

    John never got his son's head, did he?

  • Karma WhO

    wow...a 49 year old mystery ..r.i.p

  • Tammie Reed

    Over the weekend, they were cleaning debris, removing trees etc to make room to expand the freeway up here by me in Gwinnett and found a skeleton of a Hispanic woman that went missing years ago. Scary world we live in! So Sad!

  • nucynu25

    Sad ...

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Few months ago I read that it might not have been Adam's head. So much got released and messed up in that case man.

    http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/another-theory-about-adam-walsh-emerges

  • yoni

    Nope. I wonder why that show went off the air. That was my Saturday night show. That and Cops.....that is until they started showing their true colors.

  • Di Ana

    The killer is either dead or in jail serving time for another offense. So sad.

  • scentsychick30

    Rip hopefully this brings some sort of closure to the family.

  • Di Ana

    I wondered the same thing. Maybe ratings went down or they weren't getting advertising money. But that's a show that should've remained on air. You remember the show Mysterious? That was good too. It was just like Americas' Most Wanted.

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    ahhhh okay I must've read too quick

  • SameoleJ

    Yeah, I just corrected it to say body, as it was the head they "recovered". I always felt that they just gave them the head as a consolation, since they messed up the case so badly.

  • mainey

    Their mother died never knowing what happened to her daughter, who would have turned 62....
    The 52-year-old mother-of-4 said she had waited all her life for the news
    _________________________________
    Am I missing something here?

  • SameoleJ

    The final episode on the network aired on June 18, 2011.

    The following September, the show's host, John Walsh, announced that it would resume later that year on the cable network Lifetime. After a brief run on Lifetime, however, on March 28, 2013 the show was canceled again. This was reportedly due to low ratings and the level of royalty payments to Fox which holds the trademark and copyright.

    Why am I NOT surprised Faux was behind it.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    They jacked that case up. Years ago, I read something that had all kinds of errors made in that case, and baby it was one for the ages. When that head thing came out few months back I wasnt shocked at ALL. That indeed might be America's most prolific missing child case, but it is also one with probably the most misconduct EVER too.

  • SameoleJ

    Stop scanning and read!! LOL

  • SameoleJ

    Especially since the "suspect who later confessed" was on their radar......right in their hands and even the parents knew but, but the police dropped the ball.

  • That’s Interesting

    That's her sister who was 4 when she went missing

  • Incog-knee-gress

    YASSSSSS!

  • SameoleJ

    Teala would have turned 62 and Mary, who has 4 children, is 52.

    Their mother is deceased.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I didn't even know it was off the air. Do they still give Cops?

  • Panther Charleston

    My heart goes out to the family and the deceased. May Teala rest in peace. Oh! The agony! I cannot imagine having a loved one missing. How do you ever sleep again? How do you ever stop looking? It would drive me asylum-mad.

  • yallcrazy

    Thats what I was thinking too. They figured she was definitely deceased. People know their family. If she was a good child and has never ran away or been in any trouble. I would think murdered too.

  • yoni

    I know ONE show that I would watch and I don't miss it now that it's gone........Unsolved Mysteries. Man THAT show was scary af. IDK if it was the creepy man's voice or what, but I was terrified of that show. I still see police sketches in my head to this day. lbs

  • Alicia.Ashe

    The hunt with john Walsh is good. New episodes come back August 14. Its either on CNN or HLN

  • yoni

    Cops STAYS on marathon status on Spike TV. STAYS! I bet it's on right now.

  • NegroDamus

    this is terrible

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Unsolved mysteries scared the piss out of me

  • SameoleJ

    Not sure, but with the way things are going.......the cops DO NOT want any parts of TV, bad enough gotta break their body camera's and steal folks phones off their corpses to erase footage.

  • SameoleJ

    ALL RERUNS, I bet!! These new cops would have to beat up the camera crew for catching the wrong stuff.

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    ....and he used to talk cold cash shyt to 'em too.they take a show like that off the air thats worth its weight in syndication.but KIM K AND HOES just wont phucking die???

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    Damn. Her childhood picture looks so familiar. Hopefully the fam,,,idk,,,This wouldn't bring me any sort of peace. Sorry. damn.

  • SameoleJ

    Believe that momma knew her baby ain't run away, nor did she die of any natural causes. She may not have known who did it, but she knew her baby was killed.

  • Nonya Bizness

    But the girl went to school and never came home. I'm assuming she went to school in the town she lived in. Why would her mom specifically say her child was m urdered 30 miles away from home, unless she had knowledge of it? Now I'm all interested and confused.

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    *whispers* is that the infamous you know who, who did you know what?

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Growing up when ever I heard the Unsolved Mysteries theme song I'd either mute the T.V or change the channel. That damn old man had me peeping out the window, the door, looking under furniture. Smh.

  • SameoleJ

    Whispers, back like I know what you are talking about)

    I don't think so.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Ion think Tso.

    That was so mannie years ago ???

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    Lmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaao???? Ok, well, I taint trynna start nothing, so uh...Moving on?

  • Nonya Bizness

    I tried to watch it a few days ago on Spike. It said it was a new episode, but I don't have the Spike channel.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    God bless

  • http://yeuphonic.com @yeuphonic

    *Captain answers here.* The mother followed the story of the decomposed body found in Salem and buried in Greensburg in 1967 and figured that was her daughter but there were no prior dental records to confirm (i assume since she had 10 children, dental was expensive and it wasn't uncommon at the time to not have dental records even for adults). That's why her living daughter called the detectives to say the open murder case was her sister cause she remembered and confirmed through DNA testing unavailable in the 60s.

    "Thompson and her family have always had their suspicions. Teala used to help with work at a now-closed dry cleaner in the Homewood neighborhood. They believe a man who worked there is responsible, but no one has ever been charged."

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Off topic but I hate your gravi.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    +10
    :kona:

  • SameoleJ

    So for all of us wondering......Teala worked for a dry cleaner after school. One this day she never came home from working and when they found the remains in Greensburg, Teala's momma refused to go view them and kept saying it wasn't her and that Teala would be coming home.

    Because they were young, the kids didn't ask any further questions and then when Mary got older and wanted to move, her momma made that comment. I think deep down in her she knew, but going to claim the body would have been too much for her, so she went into denial.

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    ???

  • SameoleJ

    I explained up top, but Imma copy and paste to save you time:

    So for all of us wondering......Teala worked for a dry cleaner after school. One this day she never came home from working and when they found the remains in Greensburg, Teala's momma refused to go view them and kept saying it wasn't her and that Teala would be coming home.

    Because they were young, the kids didn't ask any further questions and then when Mary got older and wanted to move, her momma made that comment. I think deep down in her she knew, but going to claim the body would have been too much for her, so she went into denial.

    I went to the Internet and read a clearer version of the story.

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    Notice how it inspired a whole post from Sandra and she ain't give me nerry a bit of credit? I'm like Little Richard in this biii?? who btw has a son,,,Meanwhile I got nuthin?

  • rayne215

    Had she did maybe they could've found her killer, it's crazy how many killers are out here, free.

  • SameoleJ

    The momma refused to go ID her, as well.

    Mary's account:
    "They called my mom to come identify the body, but my mom would not go identify the body," Thompson said. "She kept that to herself. She just kept saying that 'That's not my daughter, my daughter's coming home. She'll walk through this door anytime.'"

  • SameoleJ

    The police suspected the dry cleaner guy, but never made an arrest, so id'ing the body did not guarantee an arrest. This was 1967, remember.

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    Wow. Thanks for the info. Check your disqus notices.

  • SameoleJ

    So discrete you are!! *kisses*

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    ???

  • Michelle

    Exactly!

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    It's not your time yet Bren. Stop rushing it.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    You was rushing ME though.

  • Soda

    Yes, 29th season.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Didjew putta bun in yo oven this weekend yo?!
    ?

  • iWasteTime

    +20

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Well you don't want your eggs to be tew too old. AND you don't want your baby to be 14 years younger than your last child.

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Probably. That's why her man wanted to take care of that tire this morning. He wants to be sure his family is safe.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Good points
    :kona:

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    And she out here playing around and not calling him! ???

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    ???

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Im so damn DEAD. I am at work CRINE real damn tears.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    I dont want my eggs USED period. *batches them up and sends them to @Bren*

  • Queen B

    ?? i see u on yo Law and Order shît today

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Shole IS

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    That's not how this works. New boo is getting a baby. Then library card man and grill man gwon be HOT.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Nawl he gonna use my Golden Eggs. We just gotta find an Incubatee ????

    I forgot who I offered my GE up to ???

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    ?Hormonal due tew BIO
    #buninoven?

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Oh my... This might get ?nastee ????

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    3 men will be fighting over that baby. Then we're going to Maury. He's gonna tell us who the real pappy iz.

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Twas me but Bren ain't got no money so I had to decline.

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    You can change some chyty diapers soon enough. Where is your elderly boo at? I'm sure he needs changing.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Hell naw. The two youngest girls had our asses so damn wore out we went to damn sleep real early on a Saturday night lmao. Separately. He fell asleep in the chair *snorts*. Then gonna come to in room later, and was like we are sad and old. Yes we are sir. Now shutcho ass up and go back to sleep.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    *gets yew 2Gether!*

    ? ? Just Dontchew be drinking and Schmokin for when he's ready! ???

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    B?
    There is a new movie coming out. Yt people of course ? I just saw preview...

    Chick don't know who the bd is and they both try to outdo each other ???

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    TREE MENS & AH BABY
    ????

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Golden Eggs better than Pagan ones DTTS

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Classic ???

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Yeah!!!
    ???

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    ?Maybe she quit the Blawg early y'all ?????

  • http://yeuphonic.com @yeuphonic

    Link followers unite ?

  • Incog-knee-gress

    I HATE when folks talk to me and I am dead damn sleep. My SISTER does this ish to this DAY to me. Every damn DAY we were in Florida! Hoe Im SCHLEEP. FOH.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Take care

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    ?????

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    I don't drink or smoke. I beeeennnn ready. He's broke tho. *goes to check my basal body temperature. I might be ovulating*

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    I'll never forget when she hit homegirl with the take care hun on Twitter,,,I did the whole hand over mouth Black people daaaaaaaaamn. How you lose yo blog login on Twitter????? Nah eye kid, but yeah, Sandra ain't no joke?

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Maybe its everybody baby.

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Rachet.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Good riddance
    ???

    ??SR

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    +10

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    I know you're only a couple days/ hours pregnant so just be careful.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    THAT is where it originated from. That and when folks used to apply for a log in and Sandra would be like 99% of yall dont qualify every single TIME I open registration. You are not the right fit for my garden. Take care.

    *cackles*

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    I agree
    Takeit easy?

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Nah son

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    In reply to their first post/comment ???
    #byebye ?

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    You don't have more than 1 baby daddy for this baby?

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    That gravi ????

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    Sandra is truly summin speshull mayne???? I usta die erry time she'd say folks weren't qualified? Meanwhile she kept giving my stank ass a login after every banning? She's soooooo wishy washy?

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    It won't let me change it either? Y'all gone halfta deal?

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Nopers. No baby. Thanks be to Jesus. Im too old. Not like Sarah. She was 90 when she gave Abraham a son. But hell. 90 back then is the late 30s I currently am tah'day lmaooo.

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    An fob is over 40 with a newborn and some timey husband so you qualify.

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    An fob is over 40 with a newborn and some timey husband so you qualify.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Could bee ?
    ???

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Saddle down ???

    ???

  • EXECUTIVE LURKER

    There is some kind of sick obsession with, harming children in this Nation.Nancy Grace has had story's every day for years now on this topic.

    I was just reading the statement "13-year-old Teala Patricia Thompson left her Pittsburgh home on a September day in 1967, and never returned."

    When ever your children leave the house, now more than ever evil is prowling, you got people out here actually snatching kids from THE parents very arms.

    Deeply thinking about all this, where does Americas sick obsession with harming children come from. Any body else come from a home where MOM got the OLIVE OIL OUT and prayed over you before you left the house.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    No, but they caught the guy who they believed is the suspect.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    I didn't either... I think cops is just in syndication.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    wow!

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    John Walsh was a tough son of a gun. I guess after losing your kid you have nothing to lose. My sister and i always talked about how angry and mean he became, Mad with all criminals...rightfully so. I think he and the wife parted ways too.

  • Pebbles

    I was just about to type that? How she know she was murdered ? When she said it probably didn't register

  • SummerBaby

    I read about this story over the weekend. RIP! ??

  • BRING THE PAYNE

    Now THIS i didnt know?
    But the way i got the story.the wife was cheating with his BEST friend at the time thier son went missing....all this came out during the investigation??

  • Nonya Bizness

    Well she slept and continued to have children, AND refused to look at a picture of the body. She had 10 kids, and went to jail in 83 because one of her sons k illed a detective.Her biggest concern then, other than leaving jail to attend the funeral, was losing her welfare and the apt she lived in for 12 years. I think her mom KNEW what happened to this child, and her mom could have stopped this from taking this long, with her selfish self.

  • Nonya Bizness

    I just read about the mom going to jail in 83, because of a s hootout at her apt that k illed a detective. I think she knew all along what happened to her daughter, and it was selfish of her to not look at that pic. That girl shouldn't have been working at a dry cleaners at 13, just because her mom was on welfare and had 10 kids, some of which were born after the girl disappeared. Clearly she wasn't so upset that she couldn't keep dropping her draws and getting pregnant, and collecting welfare. Selfish a $$ lady.

  • free

    i can't even imagine living with a missing child. that's got to be the worst of the worst.

  • SpiceGirl

    may she continue to RIP and the family can find some type of peace! Bless their hearts.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Soooo did they not do an autopsy when they found the body way back then?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    WAAAAAAIT.

    Who and WHY? :WAIL: