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Tanya Palmer

Real Name: Tanya Lee Palmer
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Pennsylvania
Date: April 19, 1990


Details: Eight-year-old Tanya Palmer drowned in her own bathtub in her Pennsylvania home. According to her mother's boyfriend, Edward Wissinger, it was an accident, but others believe it was murder.
Suspects: Edward Carl Wissinger, Tanya's mother's boyfriend, is a suspect in her death.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the January 6, 1995 episode about forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht.
Results: Solved. Cyril Wecht helped prove that Tanya had been murdered by Wissinger. He determined that she had been held underwater by her feet until she drowned. Bruises also were found on her arms and head. In August 1990, Wissinger was charged with her murder. In September 1991, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.