Union County remains match teens missing since 1971 - KOTA Territory News

Union County remains match teens missing since 1971


by Jenny Lockhart, KSFY-TV

A 42-year-old South Dakota cold case is closed, according to one of the victim's sisters.

Law enforcement have been looking for Cheryl Miller and Pamela Jackson since they disappeared on May 29, 1971, on their way to a party.

A fisherman spotted an overturned car in Brule Creek back in September 2013 – the first break in the case for decades. The car matched the 1960 Studebaker Lark the girls were last seen in, and two bodies were found inside.

The skeletal remains were sent to the University of North Texas for DNA testing.

Kay Brock, Jackson's sister, tells us that DNA confirmed the bodies belonged to the missing girls. Brock says law enforcement told her the Miller and Jackson died in an automobile accident.

"I'm relieved to have no foul play," Brock said. "It's nice to have a permanent answer after 42 years."

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley will make a formal announcement on the case tomorrow in Elk Point. That press conference will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tune in at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. for the latest on the case.

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