Police ask for public's help in solving 1993 cold case murder of Lansdale woman

- Officials in Montgomery County are asking for the public’s help in solving a 1993 cold case on the 23rd anniversary of an 18-year-old’s woman’s body being found in a Lansdale freight yard.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and Lansdale Police Chief Robert McDyre released a press release Friday regarding Julie Barnyock’s murder. A $10,000 reward remains available to anyone able to provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of her killer.

On Monday, November 8, 1993 at 11:40 p.m., Barnyock arrived at the Lansdale Train Station on the R5 SEPTA train from Philadelphia, according to the press release. She called her parents and asked for a ride home.

When her father arrived, he was unable to find her. The following day, she was reported missing by her parents to the New Britain Township Police.

Three weeks later on December 2, 1993, Barnyock’s body was discovered in the Lansdale SEPTA/Conrail freight yard.

An autopsy determined her cause of death to be blunt force head injury, and the manner of death to be homicide.

“There is no such thing as a cold case in Montgomery County,” said Steele. “We continue to work with Lansdale Police in following up on several leads we received this year. We’ve interviewed hundreds of people about Julie’s murder since it happened, and we’re re-interviewed many in the last several years. We want to find her murderer and bring justice to this family that has been grieving for 23 years now with no closure.”

Anyone with information should call the Montgomery County Detective Bureau at 610-278-3368 or the Lansdale Police Department at 610-270-0977.

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