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State police seeking information in decade-old missing person case

Sarah Scinto
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State police are asking the public for any information that could lead to an arrest or the whereabouts of Maria Miller.

Maria Miller was last seen at work at Dandy Mini Mart in Wysox Township on Feb. 5, 2011.

State police say she then left work for two planned days off, telling co-workers she was going to West Virginia to see her husband’s mother in the hospital.

She never returned to work and has not been seen since.

“We have reason to believe there are people with important information relevant to this case and we ask them to reach out,” said Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Miranda Musick. “We do not believe Maria left on her own and there is someone who knows what happened.”

Between PA Crime Stoppers and the FBI, they are offering a total of $7,000 in rewards for information leading to an arrest or Maria Miller’s whereabouts.

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Maria Miller was last seen on Feb. 5, 2011.

Maria Miller moved to the U.S. from the Philippines when she married her husband, Kenneth Miller. State Police said the couple lived in Norfolk, Virginia in 2005 while Kenneth Miller worked as a recruiter for the U.S. Army.

Kenneth Miller was stationed in Towanda by 2010 and they moved into an apartment in Towanda Borough.

According to a release from PA Crime Stoppers, Kenneth Miller told police that he and Maria Miller drove to Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia on Feb. 5, 2011.

Kenneth Miller said they argued in the hospital parking lot and Maria Miller asked him to take her to Virginia Beach. He told police he dropped his wife off at an unknown apartment complex in Virginia Beach, and no friends or family have heard from her or seen her since then.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Musick said state police have been investigating Maria Miller’s disappearance “actively” for the past 12 years and the woman’s family has been cooperating. State police are looking for any tips in the case.

“We’re at the position where we are comfortable in asking the public for assistance,” Musick said.

State Police asked anyone with information to contact the Criminal Investigation Unit at Troop P Towanda at 570-265-2186. West Virginia State Police and the FBI are also investigating the case.

Sarah Scinto is the local host of All Things Considered on WVIA. She is a Connecticut native and graduate of King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, and has previously covered Northeastern Pennsylvania for The Scranton Times-Tribune, The Citizens’ Voice and Greater Pittston Progress.