CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Cambria County investigators have ruled a woman’s suspicious death a homicide after her body was found in a vehicle Saturday.
During a press conference Monday, Coroner Jeff Lees and Detective Sergeant Cory Adams revealed that Jaydin Sanderson, 19 of Ferndale was found in the driver’s seat of her father’s black sedan slumped over into the passenger side with a gunshot wound to her head. Sanderson’s body had reportedly been in the vehicle for several hours before police located her at the 600 Block of Wood Street in Johnstown.
Cambria County District Attorney Gregory Neugebauer declined to comment on possible leads for a suspect but informed that a search warrant has been secured in the case. Neugebauer also urged anyone with information to contact the Johnstown Police Department by anonymously texting “JPD” to 847411 or call the Cambria County Non-Emergency line at (814) 472-2100.
“Any piece of information in any investigation is helpful. No piece of information is too small and no piece is too big,” Neugebauer said. “Police can’t be everywhere all the time. We need the help of the community a lot of times and in this instance, we could use some help from the community.”
The District Attorney added that Sanderson was completing her high school education and working part-time at an area hotel.
“The community needs to step up and needs to tell us what they know so that we can bring the perpetrator or perpetrators of this crime to justice,” Neugebauer said. “We owe it to her. We owe it to her family. We owe it to the community.”
During a phone interview, Sanderson’s friend Kyleigh Hamonko said she was more of a sister to her and was someone she went to for everything.
“I can’t believe any of it, it doesn’t feel real at all. I can’t understand why anyone would hurt her,” Hamonko said. “Jaydin was like the most pure person. I have never met anyone in my life like her. She gave you such a reassuring feeling like even if you feel like you have no one in this world, I have you.”
An investigation by the District Attorney’s Office and the Johnstown Police Detective Bureau remains ongoing.
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