A 1971 cold case is in the headlines today as a car that two teens were last seen driving when they disappeared 42 years ago has been found at the bottom of a creek. The 1971 cold case may get some new clues out of the 1960 Studebaker that one of the girls borrowed from her grandfather to drive to a party the last night the girls were ever seen, according to The Inquisitr on Sept. 26.
Skeletal remains inside the car could provide some answers as to how the girls died. Police did not say how many remains were found inside the car, but they’ve been sent to the medical examiner for examination.
The grandfather who let his teenage granddaughter take his car 42 years ago, died at 102 and he was buried just two days before the car was recovered. It was a fisherman who spotted the car in the creek and he remembered the case of missing Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson, both 17, who went missing in that Studebaker decades ago. He called the authorities to report his find.
Attorney General Marty Jackson said that other items besides the skeletal remains were found in and around the car that link this car to the 1971 cold case. This would include the license plate that was found near the car that links back to Miller’s grandfather's Studebaker.
This South Dakota cold case has haunted the family and the people of Sioux Falls for the last four decades. The families of the girls are looking forward to closure in this case, they’ve gone for almost half of a century not knowing the fate of these two young girls.
The Vermillion High School juniors were one of the first cases in the cold case files that investigators looked into when the cold case unit was first developed back in 2004. They had some leads, but none led to finding anything concrete about the disappearance of these girls.
The car remained in its watery grave in Brule Creek, hidden in deep enough water for anyone to see. The drought in the area unearthed part of the Studebaker’s wheel and this is how the fisherman spotted the car.