Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas P. Gilson, in collaboration with the Akron Police Department, and Cleveland Metroparks Rangers, announced Linda Pagano – an Akron teenager missing since 1974 – has been positively identified.
“It is very gratifying to bring closure to this part of the investigation. We at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, gratefully acknowledge the many individuals, past and present, who participated in this investigation.”
said Dr. Gilson. “We never stop trying to identify those people who pass through this office without a name. On a personal level, this work was especially satisfying as this case was originally examined by my teacher and mentor, Dr. Charles Hirsch, who worked in Cuyahoga County before becoming the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City.”
“On behalf of the Akron Police Department, we would like to extend our sympathies to the family of Linda Pagano. Specifically, her brother Mike and sister Cheryl.”
said Akron Police Deputy Chief Jesse Leeser. “They not only lost a sister but suffered so long not knowing what happened to her or where she was.”
“The Cleveland Metroparks Rangers would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Linda Pagano,”
said Cleveland Metroparks Lieutenant Don Sylvis. “This remains an open homicide investigation, and we’re committed to pursuing any leads, and if possible, bringing Linda’s killer to justice.”
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, Akron Police Department, and Cleveland Metroparks Rangers strongly encourage public safety agencies, as well as the public, to enter missing persons case information into NamUs. Entering information into NamUs has proven to be vital in solving unidentified/missing persons cases.
For additional information on NamUs, please visit: www.namus.gov