Published: Fri, December 23, 2016
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

Authorities to hold press conference regarding missing Abington teenager

Sara Packer is being held in the Montgomery County prison on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and obstruction of justice in relation to her daughter's disappearance, according to WFMZ and court records.

Investigators are asking for help two months after a pair of hunters in Luzerne County found the dismembered body of a teenage girl near the Francis Walter Dam.

14-year-old Grace Parker was reported missing in July by her mother in Abington Township.

The Packers were in the process of moving from Abington to Quakertown, where Sarah now resides, when Grace went missing.

The joint news conference by District Attorneys Matthew Weintraub of Bucks County, Stefanie Salavantis of Luzerne County and Kevin Steele of Montgomery County will be held in the Bucks County Administration Building in Doylestown Borough. The girl, police said, was last seen leaving her home on Tennis Avenue in Ardsley on July 11 with $300 and was believed to have traveled to the Lehigh Valley region.

Abington is just north of Philadelphia, and investigators are now calling her mother a "person of interest" in the death.

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Authorities did not divulge the manner of death, and declined to comment on why jurisdiction of the case has been taken over by Bucks County authorities, with Montgomery and Luzerne county law enforcement officials - along with Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI - continuing to participate in the ongoing investigation.

Records show that between July 1, 2016 and November, 10 2016, while her daughter was reported missing, Sarah Packer spent more than $3,600 of disability funding intended for Grace. She allegedly did not provide police with vital information in the case.

Sara Packer remains imprisoned at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail.

"Sara Packer is also the self-reporting, last person to see Grace alive".

"Even now, months later, someone might remember something that seems insignificant, but it could be a key piece of evidence in solving Grace's murder and bringing justice for Grace Packer", Steele said.

Anyone with information that could lead to Grace's killer is asked to contact Bucks County Detectives at 215-945-3100.

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