Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Karen Reinert was last seen at approximately 21.20 leaving her home with her brother Michael and their mother, Susan Gallagher Reinert, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania on June 22, 1979. Neighbors saw Susan and the children hurry to her car after receiving a phone call.
Three days later, on June 25, 1979 Susan's body was found in the trunk of her own car, which was parked in the parking lot of the Host Inn in Swatara Township, Pennsylvania. There was no sign of Michael or Karen and an extensive search turned up no signs of either of them.
Authorities discovered a photograph of what appears to be a grave, and are trying to identify the location of where it was taken; they believe the children may be buried there.
Michael and Karen are presumed deceased, murdered with their mother but their remains have never been found. They were declared legally dead in 1987, and their father died in 2002.
William Bradfield was prosecuted for the murders of Susan, Karen and Michael in October of 1983. He later died in prison of a heart attack in 1998. He was a fellow teacher at the school where Susan worked, and they may have been romantically involved.
In January of '79 Susan tried to withdraw $25,000 dollars for an investment, but the bank refused to allow the withdrawal. Instead, she withdrew the money in increments. Soon after, Bradfield told friends that he had collected $25,000 that he had saved over the years. By June of '79, Susan had taken out over $700,000 in life insurance, removing her children as beneficiaries and naming Bradfield the sole beneficiary.
Jay Smith was the principal at the school. Smith was convicted for his part in the murder in June of '85. Though sentenced to death, his conviction was overturned in '92 due to prosecutorial misconduct.
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Pennsylvania State Police