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33-year-old cold case murder in Berks solved, investigators say

State police say they have solved a 33-year-old homicide.

Troopers and Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams said in a press release Wednesday that they will hold a press conference Thursday at 11 a.m. concerning the clearance of a cold case homicide and that certain details will be made available about the Anna Kane homicide case.

Anna Kane was a known prostitute in Reading before she was found strangled to death in 1988 along a trail in Perry Township. (COURTESY OF STATE POLICE)
Anna Kane was found strangled to death in 1988 along a trail in Perry Township. Investigators say they have solved the case. (COURTESY OF STATE POLICE)

The 26-year-old’s body was found Oct. 23, 1988, along Ontelaunee Trail in a sparsely wooded area near the Route 662 intersection in Perry Township.

A rope was around her neck and an autopsy by forensic Dr. Neil A. Hoffman determined she had been strangled to death.

Kane was also found with several facial bruises mostly likely suffered in a struggle with her killer, then-Berks County Coroner William Fatora told the Reading Eagle/Times in 1988.

Officials believe Kane died about 12 hours before her body was found and that she was killed elsewhere before her body was dumped at the site, evidenced by the fact that her clothes were not wet following a rainstorm the previous night.

She was last seen around Franklin and South Sixth streets in Reading about 1 a.m. Oct. 23.

State police at Hamburg said Kane lived in the Reading area but had moved numerous times in the months before her death. Investigators said she had worked as a prostitute in the area for several years.

Source: Berkshire mont

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