Susan Bachman’s mystery started July 4, 2014, when she jumped from a moving car on Interstate 80 between DuBois and Clarion.
For nine months, her family kept hoping to find her.
The search ended Thursday without a happy ending.
State police at DuBois confirmed that the 37-year-old Julian woman’s remains had been found near Brookville.
“The matter is still under investigation. That is all the information we are releasing at this time,” a spokesman said.
Bachman’s parents were driving her to the Clarion Psychiatric Center when she jumped from the front seat. Her parents last saw her running for the nearby woods.
For weeks, the local search continued with teams of canines and volunteers. Bachman’s credit card, driver’s license and cellphone were found in an old barn. What was thought to have been a sighting in August led to a cross-country trip as the family traveled what they hoped was her path to California.
“We are deeply saddened that after searching for her, it turns out that she had passed away, but we are so appreciative of all the people that helped,” her brother, Will Bachman, said. “The family is so grateful for the dozens and dozens, probably hundreds of volunteers who helped in the search, both the physical search early on and putting posters across the country later, and to the people who offered comfort and prayers.”
The two-time Penn State degree holder, in nursing and life sciences, suffered from “emotional problems.” Her family would like to help others dealing with those issues after losing her.
“We are asking for people that wanted to honor her life and help others to make a contribution in her name to the National Alliance on Mental Illness,” Bachman said.