Windber, PA

34 years ago, a teen vanished into thin air after an argument with her father over child support payments.

Fatim Hemraj

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Alicia Markovich lived with her mother Marcie in Windber, Pennsylvania. According to The Charley Project, The 15-year-old was a freshman at Windber High School where she was a member of the track team. Alicia’s parents divorced in 1980 and she often visited with her father John who lived in the nearby town of Blairsville.

On Sunday, April 26, 1987, John picked Alicia up from her mother’s at 9:30 am to spend the day together. Since the teen had school the next day, Marcie wanted her home by no later than 9. Sadly, she never saw Alicia again.

According to authorities, John called Marcie at 1 am and told her their daughter was missing. He said he was washing dishes at 3 pm when they got into a heated argument over Alicia’s “wild” friends, her grades and the fact Marcie had requested a $100 monthly increase in child support payments.

John said Alicia told him she was going downtown and angrily walked out of the house. He assumed the teen was headed to a friend’s and told her to be back by 8 for the drive back home to her mother’s. 8 pm came and went and yet there was no sign of Alicia. Concerned, John called several of his daughter's friends but no one had seen or heard from her. After searching around town, John called Marcie and then reported Alicia missing.

Although authorities initially treated Alicia’s disappearance as a teenage runaway, the case was turned over to the homicide unit in 1990. John was investigated as a suspect but he has never been charged in the case. He remarried in 2006 and lives in Painesville, Ohio with his wife, Deborah.

“I guess I don’t blame them. Nobody knows that she got to my house that day. Nobody saw her at my house and nobody saw her leave my house. I guess if I were the police, I’d think the same thing. But I never hurt my daughter.”
John Markovich, 1990

According to authorities, in October 2000, John received a chilling letter in the mail postmarked from New Bedford, New Hampshire. The writer stated they had murdered Alicia and buried her near the Conemaugh River. The area was dug up but no remains were found. Detectives paid a visit to the return address listed on the envelope but the homeowner denied having any knowledge of Alicia or her disappearance. The author of the letter has never been identified. Authorities ultimately concluded it had been nothing more than a hoax.

“What gave me the idea to contact you was when I saw by chance an Old Missing Persons flier posted on the side of a mailbox at the Philadelphia Post Office about three weeks ago. The second time I saw it, it was like everything faded to gray, nothing seemed real for a long time, I had thought it all had been forever buried.
I had spent the last 13 years erasing and boarding up the name ‘Alicia Markovich’ in my mind and by seeing that, it had opened up the flood gates so to say, to a limitless sea of remorse, guilt, anxiety, inner sadness and depression.”
— Authorities released this excerpt from the grim letter
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An age-progression photo of Alicia at age 47National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Detectives believe Alicia was murdered that fateful day 34 years ago. At the time of her disappearance, she had no belongings with her other than the clothes on her back and a pair of purple sunglasses. She was wearing a white crop top with a red, yellow and blue stripe, jeans and white sneakers. If alive, Alicia would be 49.

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Alicia Markovich contact Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1–800–472–8477 or the Justice for Alicia Markovich Hotline at 814–290–0090.

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