Missing Woman's Remains Found; Homicide Charge Filed Earlier

Apr 20, 2020

Remains found over the weekend in western Pennsylvania have been identified as those of a woman whose disappearance resulted in a homicide charge against a handyman, authorities said.

A Plum Borough officer found human remains Sunday in a garbage bag in an area known for illegal dumping and off-road vehicle use. Allegheny County police said.

The remains were positively identified Monday as those of 67-year-old Elizabeth Wiesenfeld, who was reported missing to Whitehall police in April 2019, police said. The county medical examiner's office hasn't yet released information about the cause and manner of her death.

A criminal homicide charge was filed in September against 47-year-old Douglas Berry. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the victim had told her family she was afraid of Berry, who had been doing work on her house and kept showing up even though she had stopped hiring him. A public defender representing him declined comment.