Fisherman Finds Car of Girls Missing Since 1971

South Dakota teens were last seen in Studebaker
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2013 3:09 AM CDT
Updated Sep 24, 2013 6:51 AM CDT
Car Tied to Girls Missing Since 1971 Found
Crews work to excavate a vehicle from an embankment near Beresford, South Dakota, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Joe Ahlquist)

(Newser) – A breakthrough in a case that has baffled South Dakota police for 42 years: The car that two girls missing since 1971 were last seen in has been found in a creek, the Argus Leader reports. Pam Jackson and Sherri Miller, both 17, were in the 1960 Studebaker Lark when they disappeared on their way to a party. A fisherman who remembered the case called the police when he spotted the overturned car in the creek, exposed by record low water levels. Officials have declined to comment on whether any remains were found in the car, which was too damaged to be removed from the creek without destroying potential evidence.

story continues below

A man serving time for an unrelated crime was indicted in 2007 for murder, rape, and kidnapping in the girls' deaths, but the charges were dismissed after prosecutors found that a confession allegedly made to a fellow inmate was faked. Jackson's three siblings learned of the breakthrough just three days after they buried their father, Oscar, who died last week at the age of 102. "It’s like when Oscar got to heaven, he told them to reveal the information" on what happened to Pam, her brother-in-law says. (It's not the only car tied to a cold case to be found this month.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.