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Episode #46: Elena "Helen" Popa - Murdered (1979)

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

On New Year’s Eve 1979, while many partied together to ring in 1980, Mrs. Helen Popa was at home when at least one assailant entered her house and beat her, causing her to die from the blunt force trauma she endured. Now, 42 years later, and thanks to the dedication of one specific trooper, this cold case is closer to a solution than it’s ever been before. Who killed Helen Popa on that winter night so many years ago and when will they finally be captured?





Elena "Helen" Popa


Birth: 5/20/1906 (Romania) - Death: 12/31/1979 (Mount Union, Pa)


Ethnicity: Romanian; Caucasian - Sex: Female


Height: Unknown - Weight: Unknown


Hair Color: Gray - Eye Color: Brown


Hometown: Mount Union, Pa (Huntington County)



Crime Scene: Helen's Home in Mount Union, Pa.



Last Known Location Alive: Her home.



Injury Description: Helen suffered multiple severe blows to the head resulting in severe swelling of and injury to the brain and her death.




Suspect Description: Unknown



Additional Information: A Facebook page has been created called "Helen Popa - Cold Case".



DNA: Unknown



Fingerprints: Unknown



If you have information please call the Pa. State Police at 814-627-3161 and ask for Trooper Miller.




CASH REWARD: Available - A $10,000.00 Reward is available if your tip leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who killed


Sources:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/93211441/elena-popa/photo

https://www.newspapers.com/image/18051269/

https://www.newspapers.com/image/18052286/?terms=Helen%20Popa&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/18052684/?terms=helen%20popa&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/18054504/?terms=helen%20popa&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/18056069/?terms=helen%20popa&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/18064421/?terms=helen%20popa&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/17343038/

https://www.newspapers.com/image/18053688/?terms=helen%20popa&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/18073228/?terms=helen%20popa&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/18057129/?terms=helen%20popa&match=1

https://www.facebook.com/ColdCaseHelenPopa/posts/333084660218711

https://vimeo.com/95788496


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