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Update: Skeletal remains found in buried car in Union County

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(Update provided by the Associated Press)

Authorities say skeletal remains were found in an old Studebaker believed to be tied to the 1971 disappearance of two 17-year-old girls.
 
Crews lifted the rusted, mangled hulk from an embankment in Brule Creek near Elk Point on Tuesday afternoon.
 
State and local agency leaders say some potential pieces of evidence have been taken from the site and will be processed.
 
They say no other information will be released until an autopsy and more testing is done and the families are told of the results.
 
Investigators say they think the car was driven by Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson, who were last seen May 29, 1971, driving a beige 1960 Studebaker Lark on their way to a party.
 
A fisherman called authorities after noticing one of the car's wheels.

By Mark Roper, KSFY TV

There is a major development in a 42 year old South Dakota cold case.
 
Investigators say the car driven by Cheryl Miller and Pamela Jackson on the night of their 1971 disappearance has been found in Union County.
The 17-year-olds from Vermillion vanished while on the way to a party at a gravel pit near Beresford.
 
And Monday morning, a fisherman spotted their 1960 Studebaker Lark on Brule Creek.
 
The discovery of the missing girls' car could be the break police and family members have been waiting for more than 40 years.

Neighbor Amy Haneklaus said "I think it's great that they'll possibly finally get some closure and that it can take away a lot of the question about what happened back then, hopefully, and that it is just an accident, tragically."

Haneklaus lives across from Brule Creek where crews attempt to recover the car, the girls were last seen driving, back in may of 1971.

"It's a little surreal, honestly, just to even believe it's all happening, right outside our door and that possibly they could have been there all this time. It's so unbelievable."

And law enforcement tell us they will stay here as long as it takes to recover the car and bring closure to the family.

"I thought it might go a little quicker, that they might just be able to bring the car up but it seems like they're having some issues with that and it's going a little slower than I anticipated."

But finding the car may bring more questions than answers.

"I can't imagine what its like to get that phone call that says we found the car but I'm sure it brings a little peace to their minds."
 
One officer on the scene said removing the car from the creek could take days.

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