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mysteriew
09-03-2005, 09:52 AM
It's been a year of digging, searching and studying the evidence, all in hopes of solving a 34-year-old cold case. In May 1971, Vermillion High School juniors Cheryl Miller and Pam Jackson disappeared.

A year ago this week, South Dakota's new cold case unit took on the three decades old mystery, and started looking for answers at a farm near Beresford, South Dakota.

But it's 1971 that would change everything. That year, Miller finished her junior year with Pam Jackson, who knew Lykken through church activities. The two left for a end-of-the-year party, just a few miles from Lykken's home. They never showed up.

A year ago investigators came out to an area near Beresford to search the farm where David Lykken grew up.
http://www.ktiv.com/News/NewsDetail64.cfm?Id=26,9340

SewingDeb
09-03-2005, 02:13 PM
Hmmm....David Lykken is serving a 227 year sentence for a 1990 rape. No wonder they are searching the Lykken farm again.

Richard
04-29-2006, 06:10 PM
35 years ago....

Cheryl Kay Miller
Missing since May 29, 1971 from Vermillion, Clay County, South Dakota.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Vital Statistics
Date of Birth: November 16, 1953
Age at Time of Disappearance: 17 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8" - 5'10", 130 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; blue eyes.
AKA: Sherri

Pamela Ann Jackson
Missing since May 29, 1971 from Vermillion, Clay County, South Dakota.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Vital Statistics
Date of Birth: January 24, 1954
Age at Time of Disappearance: 17 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8"; 150 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; hazel eyes.

Circumstances of Disappearance
Cheryl Miller and Pamela Jackson were last seen on May 29th, 1971. Thery were on their way to a party. The two 17-year-olds were both from the Vermillion area and no trace of them has ever been found.

On the evening of the 29th, the two high school juniors visited Miller's grandmother in the hospital. After that, they stopped and talked to some boys at a church near the Spink exit and asked them for directions. Miller and Jackson started following the the car full of boys to the party at a gravel pit about 15 miles south of Beresford, but when the boys looked back in their rear-view mirror, Miller and Jackson had vanished. To this day, there has been no sign of them or their car. The car is described as a 1960 beige Studebaker Lark, SD license 19-3994.

Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation Cold Case Team (605) 773-3331

Source Information:
Keloland Television
KTIV News
The Doe Network: Case File 1468DFSD and Case File 1469DFSD

Links:

Cheryl Miller
http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1468dfsd.html

Pamela Jackson
http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1469dfsd.html

smile22
04-29-2006, 06:59 PM
how could they just disapear in the car if they were following the boys like it was said were the boys being truthfull did they take a wrong turn somewhere and got lost and ended up with foul play? you just dont follow someone to a party then just vanish they would have had to find something like a car or something very strange disaperance is their anymore info on it?

HesterMofet
04-30-2006, 04:17 PM
I think there are a few possibilities in this case:

1) If this was an area with a lot of gravel pits, perhaps the girls lost control of the car and drove into one. If it was very deep and filled with water, unless they dredged with hooks, it may have been impossible to find them back then. Now they have devices to look for large objects, but it wasn't possible back in the 70s.

2) Another possibility is that the boys are lying. Perhaps drugs or alcohol were involved and something got out of hand. Maybe the girls were sexually assaulted and killed and the car pushed into a deep quarry.

3) Maybe they stopped for someone by the side of the road and that person ended up being a killer. (Highly unlikely on the road following the boys as the car full of boys would have most likely seen anyone loitering.)

4) The girls changed their minds about going to the party, turned around and scenario 1 or 3 happened.

Hester

Eoanthropus Dawsoni
06-07-2006, 08:45 PM
I believe that parts of the car have been found on a farm owned by the suspect's family.

Eoanthropus Dawsoni
06-07-2006, 09:04 PM
The suspect, David Lykken, is serving a 227 year sentence in the SD state penitentiary for rape and kidnapping.

A couple of years ago authorities served a search warrant on the farm owned by his family. They did a lot of digging and recovered some "items of interest" including bones, clothing, and a purse. That was in late 2004, I have not heard much since then.

wondering22
06-07-2006, 10:03 PM
The suspect, David Lykken, is serving a 227 year sentence in the SD state penitentiary for rape and kidnapping.

A couple of years ago authorities served a search warrant on the farm owned by his family. They did a lot of digging and recovered some "items of interest" including bones, clothing, and a purse. That was in late 2004, I have not heard much since then.

Thanks for sharing this, I've often wondered how this pair simply vanished. I hope that they release more information to the public soon.

wondering22
06-07-2006, 10:05 PM
I believe that parts of the car have been found on a farm owned by the suspect's family.

I'm very surprised that this info hasn't been added on their doenetwork or charley project pages.

That is simply chilling, after all these decades to learn something so terrible.

Eoanthropus Dawsoni
06-07-2006, 10:21 PM
Here is a link to an article about the suspect, related to a different case:



http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050401/NEWS03/504010327/1001

Rle7
03-03-2007, 09:30 AM
A family whose Alcester, S.D., farm was searched during an investigation into the unsolved 1971 disappearance of two teen girls has sued six South Dakota law enforcement agents for the emotional and physical damages they left behind.

The lawsuit, filed last week in federal court by 84-year-old Esther Lykken and her son, Kerwyn, asks for at least $400,000 in reimbursement. The Lykkens named former South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation Director Kevin Thom and current Assistant Director Trevor Jones, as well as a Vermillion, S.D., police detective, among the defendants.

Attorney General Larry Long said he hadn't seen the lawsuit and that the state Office of Risk Management would be dealing with it.

Sherri Miller and Pamella Jackson, both 17 and of Vermillion, were last seen on May 29, 1971, driving on a rural Union County road. In August 2004, a state Cold Case unit began a search at the farm for any remains of the 1960 Studebaker Lark the girls were last seen driving and of the teens themselves. Items of interest that were unearthed included two chrome-plated hubcaps, a red purse, rubber gloves and clothing -- as well as bones which investigators have so far declined to identify as human.

More than two years later, no arrests have been made.

http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2007/03/03/news/local/96e31208387a6a62862572930012d7b2.txt

Richard
03-04-2007, 11:29 AM
A family whose Alcester, S.D., farm was searched during an investigation into the unsolved 1971 disappearance of two teen girls has sued six South Dakota law enforcement agents for the emotional and physical damages they left behind.

The lawsuit, filed last week in federal court by 84-year-old Esther Lykken and her son, Kerwyn, asks for at least $400,000 in reimbursement. The Lykkens named former South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation Director Kevin Thom and current Assistant Director Trevor Jones, as well as a Vermillion, S.D., police detective, among the defendants.
There is a very similar story about the family of a prime suspect trying to sue Prince Georges County Maryland for similar complaints. See the thread on Kimberly Christine Mileo's 1983 disappearance. That suit was thrown out as frivilous.

Rle7
07-04-2007, 02:20 PM
More than 36 years after they disappeared on their way to a party, Pam Jackson and Sherri Miller's accused killer has been charged.

David Lykken, 52, faces 6 different charges based on 1971 law, in the deaths of the two Vermillion girls. Lykken is already in prison on an unrelated rape charge. Lykken lived on his family farm near where the girls disappeared.

http://www.keloland.com/NewsDetail6162.cfm?Id=0,58472

Mr. E
07-04-2007, 04:31 PM
Wow...I used to live in Vermillion. It is where the University of South Dakota is. The area is very much prairie and farmland, although the town of Vermillion itself is a little oasis of trees and shade. I hope that the girls' families find closure with these new charges.

Rle7
07-05-2007, 07:24 PM
Oscar and Adele Jackson hold the last picture taken of their daughter Pamella since she disappeared in 1971.

Adele Jackson, Pam's Mother, "Her friend came to pick her up and they went for a ride, and we just never saw them again."

The friend Pam left with was Cheryl Miller. The two were headed for a party.

Adele Jackson, "When she wasn't there the next morning we notified the authorities."

From that moment on... the Jackson's only had pictures and memories of their daughter... without even a body to bury.

Adele Jackson, "Always busy sewing... she was getting ready for the high school concert, she was a singer too."

For the past 3 years, the family farm of David Lykken has been searched for evidence in this case. Today he's serving 227 years for rape and kidnapping, crimes committed 20 years after the disappearance of the two girls. This week a grand jury indicted Lykken for the murders of Cheryl and Pam, which sits well with Adele and Oscar, but they say no judge can sentence Lykken to the punishment he deserves.

Oscar, "He ought to be locked up in solitary confinement.... where he wouldn't see anybody... give him bread and water the rest of his days."

Adele, "We're all going to meet a judge higher up one day and we'll have to give an account of everything we've said and done. And he will too."

http://www.ktiv.com/News/index.php?ID=14730

Richard
07-07-2007, 10:02 AM
...
For the past 3 years, the family farm of David Lykken has been searched for evidence in this case. Today he's serving 227 years for rape and kidnapping, crimes committed 20 years after the disappearance of the two girls. This week a grand jury indicted Lykken for the murders of Cheryl and Pam, ...

http://www.ktiv.com/News/index.php?ID=14730

One can only wonder how many others there were in the intervening 20 years.

Here is a case in which the Death Penalty, if allowed and awarded, following a successful trial would certainly have proven an effective deterrant.

Richard
01-04-2008, 10:59 AM
Does anyone have an update on this case. Last summer a long time suspect was charged in the disappearance and death of these two girls. Has that case gone to trial yet?

olympicprincess
01-04-2008, 04:27 PM
I know this is all after the fact since they got him :clap:...
Did it say anywhere: how did he get to them if they were following the boys in the car? Did they stop?
What happened to their (the girls) car?
How did they know to look at this guy or the farm? Was it his past or the location of the farm? (a couple articles are old & the links don't work)

ASU2USC
01-04-2008, 05:41 PM
Crazy that this thread was bumped today - I just found this article that was published today:

http://argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080104/NEWS/80104030

Apparently he is going to trial in March.

Rle7
01-18-2008, 01:49 PM
Five women testified Thursday that they were physically and sexually abused by the man charged with killing two Vermillion girls 37 years ago.

The women were the first witnesses during a planned two-day hearing to determine what evidence will be allowed at the March trial of David Lee Lykken, 53, on six alternate counts of murder.

Prosecutors accuse him of killing high school juniors Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson, both 17. They were last seen May 29, 1971, driving a 1960 Studebaker Lark on a rural Union County road on their way to a party.

Investigators also suspect Lykken of being involved in the cases of at least three other people whose names have not been released, according to a warrant authorizing an August 2004 search.

Lykken's former wife and three ex-girlfriends said he choked, strangled, raped and beat them, that they often feared for their safety, and that he stalked them after they tried to end relationships with him.

Another woman said she refused to date Lykken and he raped her.

http://yankton.net/stories/011808/new_237705587.shtml

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
02-08-2008, 04:08 PM
http://www.charleyproject.org/images/j/jackson_pamella.jpg
Missing Since: May 29, 1971 from Vermillion, South Dakota
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: January 24, 1954
Age: 17 years old
Height and Weight: 5'8, 150 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes
Medical Conditions: Jackson was hospitalized for hepatitis earlier in 1971. She was still taking medication for the condition at the time of her disappearance

http://www.charleyproject.org/images/m/miller_cheryl.jpg
Missing Since: May 29, 1971 from Vermillion, South Dakota
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: November 16, 1953
Age: 17 years old
Height and Weight: 5'8 - 5'10, 130 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Miller's nickname is Sherri


Details of Disappearance

Jackson and her friend, Cheryl Miller (http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/m/miller_cheryl.html), were last seen on their way to a high school party on the evening of May 29, 1971. They visited Miller's grandmother in the hospital that day, then stopped and talked to some boys at a church and asked them for directions. The boys were also going to the party and Jackson and Miller decided to follow them there in their beige 1960 Studebaker Lark with South Dakota license plates numbered 19-3994. The car belonged to Miller's grandfather. They never arrived at the party, however. There has been no sign of the girls or their car since then.

The girls were considered to be runaways at first, due to their ages. Authorities initially considered the possibility that the missing teenagers may have accidentally driven their car into the Missouri River. A search of the river turned up no evidence, however. A theory that they were abducted by transients passing through the area has also been discarded.

In August 2004, police searched a rural farm eight miles southwest of Alcester, South Dakota, looking for evidence in Miller and Jackson's cases. The farm is only a few miles from Jackson and Miller's intended destination. Investigators recovered bones, photographs, clothing, and a purse among other items, but are not sure if any of these are connected to the girls' cases. At the time Jackson and Miller disappeared, David Lykken lived on the farm. In 1971, David was seventeen years old and a student at Beresford High School, where Miller and Jackson attended. He knew Jackson through their church. He is currently serving a 227-year sentence in prison for kidnapping and raping a church secretary in 1990. He was also convicted of burglary in 1983. After his rape conviction, several of Lykken's former girlfriends stated he had beaten them, raped them and threatened their lives.

Jackson was employed at Dakota Hospital at the time of her disappearance; Miller also worked there. Jackson's hobbies in 1971 included singing, raising animals for 4-H, and dressmaking. Both girls left behind all their personal belongings, including clothes, makeup, paychecks and Jackson's hepatitis medication, when they vanished. Their families do not believe they would have run away from home, especially as Miller's grandmother was dying. There has been no activity on either of their Social Security numbers since they went missing.

In 2007, David Lykken was charged with murdering Jackson and Miller. Authorities stated one of his cellmates in prison, Aloysius Black Crow, wore a recording device and recorded Lykken admitting to the girls' murders. The indictment accuses Lykken of killing Miller in connection with rape and Jackson in connection with kidnapping. Prosecutors will not be seeking the death penalty, as Lykken was a minor at the time he allegedly committed the murders. He is awaiting trial.

Curiously, this is not the only time Black Crow has given evidence in a missing person case. In January 2007, Black Crow told investigators that one of his other cellmates, James Strahl, had admitted to killing Amanda Gallion (http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/g/gallion_amanda.html), a teenager who disappeared from Wyoming in 1997 and was never found. Strahl has not been charged in Gallion's case, but he is awaiting trial for another murder and authorities plan to use Black Crow's testimony in that case.

Authorities suspect foul play in the Jackson and Miller's disappearances. They were both juniors at Beresford High School when they disappeared. Their cases remain unsolved.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation

605-773-3331

Charley Project (http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/j/jackson_pamella.html)

meggilyweggily
02-23-2008, 11:59 AM
Oh. My. God.

http://www.kxmc.com/News/212195.asp

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) The South Dakota prisoner who reportedly posed as another inmate is serving a life sentence for murder out of Florida.

Attorney General Larry Long says murder charges will be dropped against David Lykken (LIHK'-uhn), who's accused of killing two Vermillion girls missing since 1971.

Another inmate, Aloysius (al-uh-WISH'-uhs) Black Crow, testified that Lykken confessed to the crime.

But Long says the secret recording was of a third inmate who pretended to be Lykken....

It's simply terrible that a person would behave that way to frame another individual, and even worse that it got as far as it did. Worst of all, though, is that David Lykken may well have murdered those two girls. But after this fiasco, they will never be able to build a case against him.

meggilyweggily
02-23-2008, 12:08 PM
Note to everyone: Aloysius Black Crow also provided info in Amanda Gallion's case: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/g/gallion_amanda.html He said a cellmate had confessed to killing her. Though it isn't reflected in Amanda's casefile yet, the cellmate was later convicted of another murder. He was never charged in Amanda's disappearance.

I wonder if Black Crow was lying about that confession too?

MaryLiz
02-24-2008, 07:47 PM
There were several women he abused that testified against him as per the posting by Rle7 on 1/18.

This is an excerpt from an article published on Feb. 12 by KXMC:

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) A former girlfriend of the man charged with killing two Vermillion girls in 1971 could testify about an alleged statement he made regarding a girl buried on his farm. According to a court document, she will be allowed to testify that Lykken told her a young girl was buried on his family's farm if prosecutors show it's relevant.


I just can't believe they found out he was set up and now the charges against him are dropped! I still think he is guilty in this case.

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
04-09-2010, 10:49 PM
Discuss Pamella and Cheryl's case here:

SD-Cheryl Miller and Pam Jackson High school juniors 1971 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

alknon
06-27-2010, 02:35 PM
These photo's strongly resembling the missing Cheryl Miller & Pam Jackson were found by police in serial killer Rodney Alcala's storage unit

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local-beat/Serial-Killer-Rodney-Alcalas-Photos-Released-Can-You-ID-Any-Of-These-Women-91752849.html

tatertot
09-24-2010, 07:02 AM
News article: The Lykken's suit against the investigators who searched their farm in 2004 was unsuccessful.

http://www.kcautv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13194971

amber1
09-28-2010, 09:59 AM
my prayers are with these girls.
how long must these families wait for answers?

M86
11-13-2011, 06:20 AM
This case has always been on the minds of a lot in SD. I grew up in SD, although this happened a decade before I was born. In my opinion, Lykken is guilty... And it's unfortunate that he'll get away with it.

dogperson
11-14-2011, 04:51 PM
Why does LE even bother with prison snitches? Crow has possibly ruined this whole case and I have never really felt that using inmates as witnesses to supposed confessions was worth much. If I were on a jury I don't know how much faith I'd put in the testimony of another convicted felon.
I think Lykken probably did this but unless LE can definitively link the objects found on the farm to the missing car or the missing girls, he will probably never be prosecuted for this one.

M86
01-14-2012, 04:29 AM
Just wanted to add the following links to this thread:

Charley Project - Cheryl Kay Miller (http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/m/miller_cheryl.html)
Charley Project - Pamella Ann Jackson (http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/j/jackson_pamella.html)

NamUs - Cheryl Kay Miller (https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/4431/0/)
NamUs - Pamella Ann Jackson (https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/4429/0/)

Even though it's been over 40 years, I'm still hoping for some closure for the families of these two teenage girls.

Also, not sure which moderator to contact, but the thread title is wrong. The girls went missing in 1971, not 1979.

amber1
03-12-2012, 01:05 PM
http://www.ktiv.com/News/NewsDetail64.cfm?Id=26,9340

Vermillion Cold Case: One Year Later

08/26/2005
Vermillion Cold Case: One Year Later


It's been a year of digging, searching and studying the evidence, all in hopes of solving a 34-year-old cold case. In May 1971, Vermillion High School juniors Cheryl Miller and Pam Jackson disappeared.

A year ago this week, South Dakota's new cold case unit took on the three decades old mystery, and started looking for answers at a farm near Beresford, South Dakota.

In Beresford High's 1970 yearbook, David Lykken smiles for the camera, his sophomore year ahead of him. Glance across the page and you'll see his classmate, Cheryl Miller. But it's 1971 that would change everything. That year, Miller finished her junior year with Pam Jackson, who knew Lykken through church activities. The two left for a end-of-the-year party, just a few miles from Lykken's home. They never showed up.

A year ago investigators came out to an area near Beresford to search the farm where David Lykken grew up.

Former Vermillion Detective Ray Hoffman says, "I was hoping something would've come up, but it's been a year."

In the time since, South Dakota's cold case took on the mystery, searching Lykken's family farm twice, mostly recently in November with a search warrant listing David Lykken and looking for the girls' bodies, or remains, their car, a wheel barrow and a feed grinder.

For folks who know the three decade old case, waiting and wondering is understandable.

Ray Hoffman says, "Law enforcement's job is to look at all the evidence, but sure the person who's guilty is guilty and see what the evidence says."

Ray Hoffman, a former Vermillion Police Detective who worked the case in 1990, knows processing evidence can take time.

Ray Hoffman says, "The hope of solving the case is good. It never should go away."

Nobody has been charged in the case of Miller and Jackson. David Lykken is serving a 227 year sentence at the South Dakota State Penitentiary for raping a church secretary in 1990.

The South Dakota Attorney General's office says the investigation is "on-going."

amber1
03-12-2012, 01:05 PM
http://www.kcautv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13194971

Ruling Upheld on Search Involving South Dakota Cold Case

A federal appeals court upheld a ruling that investigators did not violate the constitution during searches of a family's Alcester, South Dakota farm.

Esther and Kerwyn Lykken sued investigators on grounds that they did thousands of dollars in damage when they searched the farm in 2004 and falsely accused the family of not cooperating.

Esther and kerwyn are relatives of David Lykken who was charged in the 1971 disappearance of two Vermillion teens.

Those charges were dropped, though Lykken is serving a prison sentence for an unrelated crime.

M86
03-16-2012, 01:57 AM
http://www.kcautv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13194971

Ruling Upheld on Search Involving South Dakota Cold Case

A federal appeals court upheld a ruling that investigators did not violate the constitution during searches of a family's Alcester, South Dakota farm.

Esther and Kerwyn Lykken sued investigators on grounds that they did thousands of dollars in damage when they searched the farm in 2004 and falsely accused the family of not cooperating.

Esther and kerwyn are relatives of David Lykken who was charged in the 1971 disappearance of two Vermillion teens.

Those charges were dropped, though Lykken is serving a prison sentence for an unrelated crime.

The Lykken's sued? Ridiculous. IMO Lykken is responsible for both of the disappearances. Grrrr....

amber1
03-16-2012, 01:05 PM
there's been no justice for these girls:(

Sallust
03-18-2012, 04:49 AM
I think the "boys" in the car know a great deal more than they've let on to police.

amber1
03-19-2012, 10:07 AM
I agree. They were the last ones to have seen them. If the girks' car did go into the river, wouldn't the boys have noticed and said something??
They were following these boys straight to the party, so these boys have got to know something. The fact that they never arrived also makes me wonder, maybe the boys led them elsewhere??
It's hard for me to believe Lykken did this, I wish the boys were looked at more, I just wonder how would have Lykken intercepted the girls from the church to the party they never arrived at?
This case baffles me because it's almost as if the girls vanished within their car!

M86
03-20-2012, 01:05 AM
I've wondered about the boys too... It does seem odd that they would lose sight of the girls. I grew up in SD (although, it was a decade after this happened), and I could have sworn that LE found evidence linking Lykken to the girls... I could be wrong though... I need to review the case again further.

I really wonder where their Studebaker (the car) is located. The car has never been located.

Also, the girls traveling to the party were no where near the Missouri River. If you go to Google Maps, and search for Alcester, SD, that is the approximate location of the party.

necco
03-20-2012, 01:26 AM
Ok. I'm confused about something. If my math is right, Lykken would have been 16 when the girls went missing. Was he one of the boys in the car?

M86
03-20-2012, 01:29 AM
Ok. I'm confused about something. If my math is right, Lykken would have been 16 when the girls went missing. Was he one of the boys in the car?

He was 17, and no, he was not. I don't think the identities of the boys in the other car have ever been released.

To my knowledge, I have to add!

amber1
03-20-2012, 02:28 AM
I wonder if maybe the boys could have lead the girls else where? Maybe their car is hidden in the woods, where its all wild life and no one ever goes. Are there any gorges or cliff like landscapes by that area? Say the boys lead the girls somewhere else, maybe their car went off something like that, or maybe into a different body of water. I read an article that a woman's car (she was missing in the '70s) was pulled out of a river five years ago. (i will try to find the article). apparently she accidentally drove in and was found for over 3 decades. it's possible with the girls (i wonder when the boys last seen the girls vehicle)? it is so odd for the car to not have been found. some may say this would indicate maybe they ran away but i disagree greatly. maybe the reason the vehicle hasnt been found is because major evidence in it, such as the girls themselves?
What troubles me is the fact they never ended up at the party...so where did they end up at???How would Lykken have intercepted them?

Eoanthropus Dawsoni
03-21-2012, 01:40 AM
I wonder if maybe the boys could have lead the girls else where? Maybe their car is hidden in the woods, where its all wild life and no one ever goes. Are there any gorges or cliff like landscapes by that area? Say the boys lead the girls somewhere else, maybe their car went off something like that, or maybe into a different body of water. I read an article that a woman's car (she was missing in the '70s) was pulled out of a river five years ago. (i will try to find the article). apparently she accidentally drove in and was found for over 3 decades. it's possible with the girls (i wonder when the boys last seen the girls vehicle)? it is so odd for the car to not have been found. some may say this would indicate maybe they ran away but i disagree greatly. maybe the reason the vehicle hasnt been found is because major evidence in it, such as the girls themselves?
What troubles me is the fact they never ended up at the party...so where did they end up at???How would Lykken have intercepted them?

Parts of the car have been found on the Lykken farm.

amber1
03-21-2012, 12:23 PM
It's too bad he never mentioned where they could be. I still wonder how he intercepted them. Do you have a link to this info? Did they just find parts of the car or did they have evidence from the girls themselves on his farm (hair cells, skin cells, clothes, personal belongings, etc)?

M86
03-22-2012, 12:15 AM
Parts of the car have been found on the Lykken farm.

Do you, by chance, have a link to that? I have only read that "items of interest" have been found.

Eoanthropus Dawsoni
03-22-2012, 01:21 AM
Do you, by chance, have a link to that? I have only read that "items of interest" have been found.

It was all over the news in 2004, but the news sites do not hold stories that long. As I recall they found a purse, bone fragments, a bible, pieces of clothing, Studebaker Lark hub caps, and part of a license plate. The stuff had been buried on the farm.

Authorities have no doubt that he did it, but apparently they do not believe they have enough to risk a trial. He was charged, but when they found out that their key witness was bad they dropped the charges rather than risk an acquittal. So they wait. He is not going anywhere, he will be in prison for the rest of his life even without the convictions for this kidnapping and murders.

Eoanthropus Dawsoni
03-22-2012, 01:28 AM
I have a lot of information on this case, but it is on a hard drive on a dead computer. I can get into the drive but I had the files protected and can't access the documents. At one time I had been working on a book project on murders in the Dakotas and this was one of the cases I was researching.

amber1
03-22-2012, 02:00 PM
Were the bone fragments found human?

M86
03-24-2012, 12:26 AM
It was all over the news in 2004, but the news sites do not hold stories that long. As I recall they found a purse, bone fragments, a bible, pieces of clothing, Studebaker Lark hub caps, and part of a license plate. The stuff had been buried on the farm.

Authorities have no doubt that he did it, but apparently they do not believe they have enough to risk a trial. He was charged, but when they found out that their key witness was bad they dropped the charges rather than risk an acquittal. So they wait. He is not going anywhere, he will be in prison for the rest of his life even without the convictions for this kidnapping and murders.

I remember that too. I lived in Sioux Falls during that time. My memory is just bad! I remember the hubcab and the purse being found.

The KELO (Keloland) News in Sioux Falls is VERY good at keeping links up-to-date.

If you go to this link: Keloland Search (http://www.keloland.com/SearchKeloland.cfm)
And search for "Pam Jackson" or "Cheryl Miller", with the dates between 2004 (the farthest back they go) and now, there is a ton of links. I'll try and sift through them when I get a chance. Just wanted to throw that out there.

That being said, it's very apparent who is responsible.

amber1
04-01-2012, 12:09 PM
i wonder where he would have put these girls! is he responsible for any other disappearances/murders?

M86
04-02-2012, 02:02 AM
i wonder where he would have put these girls! is he responsible for any other disappearances/murders?

KELOLAND - Sister, Informant Will Testify In Lykken Trial (http://www.keloland.com/News/NewsDetail6371.cfm?Id=65414)

According to that news article in 2008, Lykken's sister, Nancy, actually remembers a car on the property, with the two girls "slumped forward". She also remembers the bodies in a wheel-barrow and the car being buried. Keep in mind, this is his own sister. The SD DCI searched the Lykken property (which led to a lawsuit), but they didn't find that car.

Lykken is serving a 227 year sentence for rape and kidnapping at the SD State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

The rape/kidnapping involved a church secretary... after that multiple former girlfriends came forward to say he raped/beaten/threatened their lives.

While the girls have not been found, at least that creep is in prison for the rest of his life.

amber1
04-02-2012, 10:20 AM
Agreed, he seems like the type who'd do it again if not caught.

Eoanthropus Dawsoni
04-02-2012, 12:39 PM
I found this on another site. Post #2 has some detailed information on what was found in the farm search.
Pamela Jackson/Cheryl Miller, 1971, South Dakota - Cold Case Investigations

scriptgirl
09-02-2012, 09:16 AM
This case doesn't make sense to me. No one will say how and why Lykken came to be the chief suspect. There are other things I wonder-Lykken was a classmate-were other classmates of Lykken and the girls interviewed-do they remember the girls being friendly with Lykken? Did the girls ever talk about him to their parents? Was Lykken hassling girls back then, in school?

More importantly, were those guys the girls talked to questioned thoroughly? Did they know Lykken? Where are they now? How did those girls disappear so quickly?

amber1
09-03-2012, 10:51 AM
I, too, have always wondered how they could have vanished while following those boys in their car-how did Lykken intercept them?

scriptgirl
09-03-2012, 06:17 PM
Yeah, it makes NO sense. I mean, yeah, they found the car on the lykken property, but that doesn't necessarily mean he did it. Morgan Harrington was found on a farm in VA and the farmer didn't kill her.

It doesn't make sense that the boys said one minute the girls followed them and the next, the car was gone. Either the boys were involved with the murder or the timeline is wrong. Where ARE those boys?

M86
09-04-2012, 12:55 AM
This case doesn't make sense to me. No one will say how and why Lykken came to be the chief suspect. There are other things I wonder-Lykken was a classmate-were other classmates of Lykken and the girls interviewed-do they remember the girls being friendly with Lykken? Did the girls ever talk about him to their parents? Was Lykken hassling girls back then, in school?

More importantly, were those guys the girls talked to questioned thoroughly? Did they know Lykken? Where are they now? How did those girls disappear so quickly?

Lykken knew Pamela Jackson through her church and school (Lykken, Jackson, and Miller all attended Beresford High School, and it was and is a small enough school where everyone knows everyone). He, at the time, was the same age as them.

In my opinion, he did something to them, or knows what happened to them. But, I don't know anything about the boys that were following the girls. It would be interesting to know if those boys were friends with Lykken. If the boys went to Beresford High School, they would for sure know Lykken.

Unfortunately, I think those boys may possibly know something, but they have never been identified (to my knowledge).

Also, Lykken has a long history, including assault, rape, and burglary.

scriptgirl
09-04-2012, 12:04 PM
I am withholding judgement on Lykken until we find out more about these boys. I think they are guilty too.

Odyssey
01-26-2013, 07:56 PM
I wonder if maybe the boys could have lead the girls else where? Maybe their car is hidden in the woods, where its all wild life and no one ever goes. Are there any gorges or cliff like landscapes by that area? Say the boys lead the girls somewhere else, maybe their car went off something like that, or maybe into a different body of water. I read an article that a woman's car (she was missing in the '70s) was pulled out of a river five years ago. (i will try to find the article). apparently she accidentally drove in and was found for over 3 decades. it's possible with the girls (i wonder when the boys last seen the girls vehicle)? it is so odd for the car to not have been found. some may say this would indicate maybe they ran away but i disagree greatly. maybe the reason the vehicle hasnt been found is because major evidence in it, such as the girls themselves?
What troubles me is the fact they never ended up at the party...so where did they end up at???How would Lykken have intercepted them?

I wish I knew where that farm was, exactly. I think it would be interesting to search the surrounding area on Google Earth. From searching David's mother's name, it looks like the farm was in Alcester, which is a very small town.

I also found it interesting that the warrant mentioned a red Studebaker Lark, while the casefile states they were driving a beige Studebaker Lark. Could be a typo somewhere.

It was also mentioned in one of the articles linked on page 2 of this thread (the one that gives details of the items found in the search) that the boys missed their turn and had to double back, and then they couldn't find the girls. I'm not sure what that means. If I were following someone because I didn't know how to get somewhere, and they missed the turn, I would miss the turn as well. I wonder where the party site was, and what the roads looked like, and how close it was to Lykken's farm.

Eoanthropus Dawsoni
02-02-2013, 03:41 PM
I wish I knew where that farm was, exactly. I think it would be interesting to search the surrounding area on Google Earth. From searching David's mother's name, it looks like the farm was in Alcester, which is a very small town.



47345 307th St
Alcester, SD 57001

M86
02-03-2013, 01:04 AM
47345 307th St
Alcester, SD 57001

On Google Maps, that address is an empty field. Would the residence be just to the west, maybe?

Here is where I think it is: http://goo.gl/maps/NDaWK

M86
02-03-2013, 01:08 AM
I am withholding judgement on Lykken until we find out more about these boys. I think they are guilty too.

I'm starting to think that more... I'm starting to think that Lykken was one of "the boys". He would have been around Pam's & Cheryl's age and went to Beresford High School.

Eoanthropus Dawsoni
02-03-2013, 02:18 AM
On Google Maps, that address is an empty field. Would the residence be just to the west, maybe?

Here is where I think it is: http://goo.gl/maps/NDaWK

That is it. Bing shows it in the correct location.

kemo
02-03-2013, 03:06 PM
The "vehicle enabled" sexual homicide was a phenomenon that emerged in the 1970's. Law Enforcement was not prepared to deal with the problem and many homicides or disappearances remain unsolved. Many were dismissed as "runaways".

I suspect many of the predators were later convicted of other rapes, murders or abductions. The logical place for any cold case detective to start would be anyone who had any connections to one of these cases who
subsequently was convict of a related crime. David Lykken would be a perfect "suspect". This doesn't prove anything; they still have to find evidence linking the suspect to the crime. I'm not so sure they have anything. I haven't read anywhere that anything found on the farm can be tied to the missing girls.


Anytime someone "disappears" along with their vehicle, you have to consider the chance that they either deliberately took off or they drove into a body of water. It is very rare for a sexual predator to dispose of both the victim's body and their vehicle. Vehicles are much harder to conceal. there is little benefit in concealing the vehicle, and there is the logistic problem of moving second vehicle if you have one of your own.


From what I can see on Google Earth, there is a river and some ponds along the SD/Iowa border that could harbor a sunken vehicle. People who know the area would have a better idea. Apparently the Missouri River is a more likely place for a vehicle to disappear in but the girls were not in that area when they were last seen.

Odyssey
02-03-2013, 06:47 PM
The "vehicle enabled" sexual homicide was a phenomenon that emerged in the 1970's. Law Enforcement was not prepared to deal with the problem and many homicides or disappearances remain unsolved. Many were dismissed as "runaways".

I suspect many of the predators were later convicted of other rapes, murders or abductions. The logical place for any cold case detective to start would be anyone who had any connections to one of these cases who
subsequently was convict of a related crime. David Lykken would be a perfect "suspect". This doesn't prove anything; they still have to find evidence linking the suspect to the crime. I'm not so sure they have anything. I haven't read anywhere that anything found on the farm can be tied to the missing girls.


Anytime someone "disappears" along with their vehicle, you have to consider the chance that they either deliberately took off or they drove into a body of water. It is very rare for a sexual predator to dispose of both the victim's body and their vehicle. Vehicles are much harder to conceal. there is little benefit in concealing the vehicle, and there is the logistic problem of moving second vehicle if you have one of your own.


From what I can see on Google Earth, there is a river and some ponds along the SD/Iowa border that could harbor a sunken vehicle. People who know the area would have a better idea. Apparently the Missouri River is a more likely place for a vehicle to disappear in but the girls were not in that area when they were last seen.

I think that there was some evidence that pointed to Lykken. IIRC I saw somewhere that his own sister said she had seen the car on their property with the two girls "slumped over" inside. They also supposedly found Studebaker Lark hubcaps when they dug on the property.

You are right, though, a car would be difficult to dispose of on land. I thought that maybe by searching Google Earth it could be spotted abandoned in some woods somewhere, although I know it's a total long shot.

The whole thing about the boys strikes me as odd, though. If the boys were innocent, I don't understand how they became separated from the girls for long enough for this to happen - and what a coincidence that this Lykken character happened upon them in the few minutes that they could have been separated?

kemo
02-04-2013, 02:21 AM
I read that Law Enforcement did find "auto parts" and a hub cap but I could find no verification that they came from a Studebaker Lark. I also read that the sister was going to be a prosecution witness (before the charges were dropped when the prison snitch testimony went bad). It is not clear exactly what she had to say. Lykken is a bad guy and I think the rest of us are a little safer as long as he is locked up, but I need a little more information before I conclude that he killed Pam and Cheryl.

scriptgirl
02-04-2013, 01:55 PM
What is vehicular enabled sexual homicide?

amber1
02-04-2013, 02:10 PM
I think it's safe to say Pam and Cheryl are gone, and I do think the streets are safer with Lykken behind bars, but I wish they could find the girls' remains, or at least the car...I think it's possible they even still be in the car-I know there have been some cases where to perp. hides the victim's vehicle, but that would take a lot of work, so it's kind of rare, I really haven't read up on too many of those, although I know they are out there...usually the vehicle is just left abandoned somewhere or along the side of the road. I'm sure there was great motive for making the car disappear along with the girls.
He had to have good reason to hide it like he did, if he is the one who did it.
Maybe the girls are in there or maybe it's the crime scene? Either way, if it's ever found, I sure feel there would be some pretty damning evidence still present inside, even decades later.
It does seem very likely LE has their man, they just need to find the girls now.

amber1
02-04-2013, 02:16 PM
Here are some other interesting cases where the women's cars also were never found...makes you wonder how a person can keep something like that concealed for decades, although it's possible (not saying they are connected to Cheryl and Pam's case):
Carrie Culberson
http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/c/culberson_clarissa.html
Laney Gwinner: remains found, car still missing
http://articles.cnn.com/2009-05-20/justice/grace.coldcase.gwinner_1_ohio-river-bowling-alley-car-wound?_s=PM:CRIME

Eoanthropus Dawsoni
02-04-2013, 02:54 PM
I think that there was some evidence that pointed to Lykken. IIRC I saw somewhere that his own sister said she had seen the car on their property with the two girls "slumped over" inside. They also supposedly found Studebaker Lark hubcaps when they dug on the property.

You are right, though, a car would be difficult to dispose of on land. I thought that maybe by searching Google Earth it could be spotted abandoned in some woods somewhere, although I know it's a total long shot.

The whole thing about the boys strikes me as odd, though. If the boys were innocent, I don't understand how they became separated from the girls for long enough for this to happen - and what a coincidence that this Lykken character happened upon them in the few minutes that they could have been separated?

If the car still exists above ground it almost certainly would have been spotted by now. Hunters, particularly during deer and pheasant seasons, walk almost every square foot of wooded area. Even land that is posted "No Hunting, No Trespassing" will eventually be covered by someone who ignored or did not see the signs.

Abandoned cars are not unusual in tree rows and old over grown farm yards. Farmers will often will often park them in the trees so they are out of the way. But the Studebaker Larks were never as common as other cars and now are sought after by collectors. Someone would have noticed a 1960 Lark.

I believe that if the car had gone into the river either by accident or deliberately it is also likely that it would have turned up by now. Over the last 40 years the river has been very high but also very low. Things tend to turn up eventually.

The girls left the hospital at 9:30, which was a half hour after sunset. They were last seen near St Mary's Church which is on Highway 48 one mile east of Exit 31. That is about 15 miles from the hospital so it was rather dark by that time. They asked the boys for directions to the party at a gravel pit and started to follow the boys. However the boys missed their turn to the party and had to back track. By that time they lost sight of the girl's car.

There is a gravel pit directly across the road from the church however that pit looks rather new. And since it is across the road from the church I think it can be ruled out as the arty destination.

I need to make another try at getting into my old hard drive so I can access my research. As I recall Pamela had been acquainted with Lykken through church and both of the girls attended school with him. The Lykken farm is only about eight miles from the church, so it is very possible that he may have been in the area on his way to the party. I believe that it is quite plausible that if the girls had encountered Lykken after loosing sight of the boys they had been following, they may have be willing to follow him if he had offered to lead them to the party.

Lykken never became a suspect until decades after the girls vanished, and other than dragging the river, law enforcement did not conduct a very extensive search of the area. Therefore it is possible that he had plenty of time to dispose of the girls and vehicle. When LE did start searching the farm, more than 30 years after the girls had gone missing, they did target specific buildings and other areas on the farm. I do not know what leads may have given them reason to be interested in specific areas.

kemo
02-04-2013, 03:05 PM
What is vehicular enabled sexual homicide?

That would be any situation where a vehicle was part of the Perp's M.O. What I had in mind was the type of sexual homicide where the Perp uses his vehicle to abduct his victim and then uses it to transport the body where it will either never be found or not found for a while.

While the automobile has ben uses in committing crimes, including sexual crimes, since they were invented, the phenomenon of theses murders took Law enforcement by surprise in the late 1960's. Ted Bundy was the first Serial Killer who got famous using this MO but he was hardly the first.

The increasing role of the automobile in American life certainly played a role in the increase of this type of crime but two additional changes that occurred in the late 1960's were major contributors: the widespread practice of hitch-hiking and the emergence of prostitution "strolls" where hookers would stand at a roadside and were picked up by Johns in their cars.

M86
02-05-2013, 03:27 AM
If the car still exists above ground it almost certainly would have been spotted by now. Hunters, particularly during deer and pheasant seasons, walk almost every square foot of wooded area. Even land that is posted "No Hunting, No Trespassing" will eventually be covered by someone who ignored or did not see the signs.

Abandoned cars are not unusual in tree rows and old over grown farm yards. Farmers will often will often park them in the trees so they are out of the way. But the Studebaker Larks were never as common as other cars and now are sought after by collectors. Someone would have noticed a 1960 Lark.

I believe that if the car had gone into the river either by accident or deliberately it is also likely that it would have turned up by now. Over the last 40 years the river has been very high but also very low. Things tend to turn up eventually.

The girls left the hospital at 9:30, which was a half hour after sunset. They were last seen near St Mary's Church which is on Highway 48 one mile east of Exit 31. That is about 15 miles from the hospital so it was rather dark by that time. They asked the boys for directions to the party at a gravel pit and started to follow the boys. However the boys missed their turn to the party and had to back track. By that time they lost sight of the girl's car.

There is a gravel pit directly across the road from the church however that pit looks rather new. And since it is across the road from the church I think it can be ruled out as the arty destination.

I need to make another try at getting into my old hard drive so I can access my research. As I recall Pamela had been acquainted with Lykken through church and both of the girls attended school with him. The Lykken farm is only about eight miles from the church, so it is very possible that he may have been in the area on his way to the party. I believe that it is quite plausible that if the girls had encountered Lykken after loosing sight of the boys they had been following, they may have be willing to follow him if he had offered to lead them to the party.

Lykken never became a suspect until decades after the girls vanished, and other than dragging the river, law enforcement did not conduct a very extensive search of the area. Therefore it is possible that he had plenty of time to dispose of the girls and vehicle. When LE did start searching the farm, more than 30 years after the girls had gone missing, they did target specific buildings and other areas on the farm. I do not know what leads may have given them reason to be interested in specific areas.

Thank you for this... I'm familiar with the area... and you hit on many points.

I didn't realize the boys missed the turn... That is a crucial part.

I bet the girls ended up on Lykken's property after that.

tarabull
09-23-2013, 05:53 PM
Car Connected To 1971 Missing Girls Case Found In Union County
September 23, 3013

http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/car-connected-to-1971-missing-girls-case-found-in-union-county/?id=153591

mikkismom
09-23-2013, 06:58 PM
Car Believed Connected To 1971 Case Found In SD

http://www.lex18.com/news/car-believed-connected-to-1971-case-found-in-sd/

watcher9
09-23-2013, 09:17 PM
Car Connected To 1971 Missing Girls Case Found In Union County
September 23, 3013

http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/car-connected-to-1971-missing-girls-case-found-in-union-county/?id=153591

There is a new story at this site. They are having trouble retrieving the car. It doesn't say how deep the creek is, but if the girls had gone off the road into the creek, that would explain why the boys couldn't find the girls when they turned around.

http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/car-found-in-union-county-connected-to-missing-girls-case/?id=153600

tk71texas
09-24-2013, 09:07 AM
Authorities have found an old Studebaker believed to be related to the 1971 disappearance of two 17-year-old South Dakota girls, officials said Monday.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley and Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges said the car recovered from an embankment in Brule Creek is believed to be related to the disappearance of Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson. Jackley said the vehicle will be processed for forensic evidence. He said he could not comment on whether any remains were found inside the car.

The girls were last seen on May 29, 1971, driving a beige 1960 Studebaker Lark on their way to a party.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2430237/Car-South-Dakota-believed-linked-Pam-Jackson-Cheryl-Miller-vanished-1971.html#ixzz2fobJXGiE
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2430237/Car-South-Dakota-believed-linked-Pam-Jackson-Cheryl-Miller-vanished-1971.html

dogperson
09-24-2013, 09:22 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2430237/Car-South-Dakota-believed-linked-Pam-Jackson-Cheryl-Miller-vanished-1971.html

Wow! Anxious to hear more about this!

tarabull
09-24-2013, 11:10 AM
Four decades later, teens' car believed found
September 24, 2013

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/24/justice/south-dakota-missing-girls-car-found/?hpt=hp_t2

kemo
09-24-2013, 03:12 PM
We don't have all the information, but it sure sound like the girls just drove off the road into a body of water; it was an accident. The prosecution of Lykken was just a fishing expedition.

dogperson
09-24-2013, 03:47 PM
Were the items found on Lykken's farm ever proven to belong to the girls? If not then it does seem as if we can expect their remains to be found in the car.

STEADFAST
09-24-2013, 11:14 PM
Skeletal remains have been found in the car. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/24/20679372-another-car-submerged-for-decades-may-solve-missing-persons-case-in-south-dakota?lite

M86
09-25-2013, 12:17 AM
Were the items found on Lykken's farm ever proven to belong to the girls? If not then it does seem as if we can expect their remains to be found in the car.

To my knowledge, no... LE hasn't released that information about the items found on the Lykken farm. They called the findings "items of interest".

M86
09-25-2013, 12:26 AM
I just wanted to post some of the local news links:

KSFY - Missing Teenaged Girls' Car Pulled From Brule Creek (http://www.ksfy.com/story/23521329/missing-teenaged-girls-car-pulled-from-brule-creek)

KELO - Sherri Miller's Family Reacts To Discovered Car (http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/sherri-millers-family-reacts-to-discovered-car/?id=153663)

KELO - Discovered Skeletal Remains Bring Mixed Reactions (http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/discovered-skeletal-remains-bring-mixed-reactions/?id=153666)

KELO - Aerials Of Union County Recovery Scene (http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/aerials-of-union-county-recovery-scene/?id=153655)

KELO - Friend: Discovery Could Bring Closure For Lykken Family (http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/friend-discovery-could-bring-closure-for-lykken-family/?id=153659)

KELO - Lykken Accused, Never Convicted In Cold Case (http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/lykken-accused-never-convicted-in-cold-case-/?id=153634)

KELO - Water Drained From Gravel Pit May Have Uncovered Car (http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/water-drained-from-gravel-pit-may-have-uncovered-car/?id=153652)

Argus Leader - Bridge over creek where car found was inspected every two years (http://www.argusleader.com/article/20130924/UPDATES/130924020/Bridge-over-creek-where-car-found-inspected-every-two-years?nclick_check=1)

I didn't do any snips because KELO is very good about keeping past stories on their website. One of the articles I posted has links about this case dating back to 2004.

dogperson
09-25-2013, 07:09 AM
On the one hand, I am happy the mystery is solved because I've been following this case for a long time. On the other hand, it's very sad, because it seems like this could have been solved at the time. LE knew approximately where the girls disappeared on the road. I wonder if nobody thought to check the creek at the time, or whether there were any skid marks on the road or down the embankment to the river. Very sad that the families had to wait 42 years for this and that many relatives have passed on before now.

LucyOso
09-25-2013, 02:12 PM
CNN reports bones are found in the vehicle.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/24/justice/south-dakota-missing-girls-car-found/index.html?hpt=hp_inthenews

LucyOso
09-25-2013, 02:22 PM
This case doesn't make sense to me. No one will say how and why Lykken came to be the chief suspect. There are other things I wonder-Lykken was a classmate-were other classmates of Lykken and the girls interviewed-do they remember the girls being friendly with Lykken? Did the girls ever talk about him to their parents? Was Lykken hassling girls back then, in school?

More importantly, were those guys the girls talked to questioned thoroughly? Did they know Lykken? Where are they now? How did those girls disappear so quickly?


To my knowledge, no... LE hasn't released that information about the items found on the Lykken farm. They called the findings "items of interest".

"David Lykken's lawyers told us today that the only reason investigators searched the Lykken farm back in 2004 was because of a recovered memory from Lykken's sister. But they say investigators didn't find anything on the farm to tie Lykken to the crime" and "They only had enough evidence to charge Lykken after Aloysius Black Crow came forward with the supposed confession".

The below is interesting as well. I often wonder about missing people and reports of them being seen after disappearing and the validity of such dates....

"As for their theory about what really happened to the girls, Lykken's lawyers say old police reports indicate Pam Jackson's parents identified their daughter in a photo taken 6 months after the disappearance, and the case was originally closed after that."

http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/lawyers-black-crow-framed-lykken/?id=66734

j.n.c
09-25-2013, 05:02 PM
This case is interesting to me because the Brule Creek cut through my grandfather's land, near Spink, a mile or so south of the incident and vaguely recall discussions around the missing teens. I think* this is the bridge where the car was found: http://binged.it/1bGB3RN

I'm glad they can be laid to rest.

*the address of one of the interviewees who said they lived right next to the recovery effort corresponds to this location.
edit: the address is on the bridge inspection report... so i did a lot of work for nothing :)

attraversiamo
09-25-2013, 07:51 PM
Skeletal Remains Found in South Dakota Studebaker Tied to Teens Missing Since 1971

http://gma.yahoo.com/skeletal-remains-found-south-dakota-studebaker-tied-teens-153010998--abc-news-topstories.html

jonboy
09-25-2013, 11:41 PM
Gives a simple answer.

The boys leave north from St Mary's Church on 471st Ave, (County Road 1C), followed by the girls. The boys are deliberately going a little quickly for the girls as a tease to keep them interested. Both cars make the turn east onto 310th street but the girls are beginning to lose ground although they are probably driving a little faster than they normally would. The boys go past both entrances to the gravel pit and have to turn round. The girls see the first entrance to the gravel pit and think it is their turn. They brake hard (but maybe not even hard enough to lock the wheels); the car pulls sharply to the right (42 years ago, brakes weren't always that well maintained on 11 year old cars) possibly not only as a result of defective brakes but also because the driver is looking over her left shoulder to see the turn she thinks she missed. The Studebaker goes airborne over the west bank of Brule Creek, rolls over and wedges against the east bank, not to be seen for another 42 years. The boys turn round and drive back but the Studebaker is already submerged.

One question remains ... Why did Law Enforcement not thoroughly check the section of road between where the boys last saw the girls and where they noted that they could no longer see them? Over to you Mr. Union County Sheriff 1971.

jonboy
09-25-2013, 11:46 PM
Should read east onto 310th street

M86
09-26-2013, 01:00 AM
Gives a simple answer.

The boys leave north from St Mary's Church on 471st Ave, (County Road 1C), followed by the girls. The boys are deliberately going a little quickly for the girls as a tease to keep them interested. Both cars make the turn east onto 310th street but the girls are beginning to lose ground although they are probably driving a little faster than they normally would. The boys go past both entrances to the gravel pit and have to turn round. The girls see the first entrance to the gravel pit and think it is their turn. They brake hard (but maybe not even hard enough to lock the wheels); the car pulls sharply to the right (42 years ago, brakes weren't always that well maintained on 11 year old cars) possibly not only as a result of defective brakes but also because the driver is looking over her left shoulder to see the turn she thinks she missed. The Studebaker goes airborne over the west bank of Brule Creek, rolls over and wedges against the east bank, not to be seen for another 42 years. The boys turn round and drive back but the Studebaker is already submerged.

One question remains ... Why did Law Enforcement not thoroughly check the section of road between where the boys last saw the girls and where they noted that they could no longer see them? Over to you Mr. Union County Sheriff 1971.

Your theory makes the most sense to me. I forgot about "the boys" missing a turn.

Here is where the car was found: Google Maps - 310th Street over Brule Creek (http://goo.gl/maps/mn39u)

lisette
09-26-2013, 01:59 AM
So hard to understand why this car was not found quickly after the incident...I mean even if it were completely submerged, there was every indication by the boys' and girls' routes that night that it could be in there...I'm sure the boys told them where they lost sight of the girls so the location had to be narrowed to that particular area. I just don't get why a thorough search was not conducted. It reminds me of the case within the last year in South Carolina where the two boys ran off the road into a creek on the way to Myrtle Beach. Friends and family persistently searched all possible routes until someone noticed clues that led to the discovery of the vehicle mostly submerged in a creek similar to this one. It's just sad that they were not found for so long.

LucyOso
09-26-2013, 02:48 AM
So hard to understand why this car was not found quickly after the incident...I mean even if it were completely submerged, there was every indication by the boys' and girls' routes that night that it could be in there...I'm sure the boys told them where they lost sight of the girls so the location had to be narrowed to that particular area. I just don't get why a thorough search was not conducted. It reminds me of the case within the last year in South Carolina where the two boys ran off the road into a creek on the way to Myrtle Beach. Friends and family persistently searched all possible routes until someone noticed clues that led to the discovery of the vehicle mostly submerged in a creek similar to this one. It's just sad that they were not found for so long.

BBM. This has been asked several times. There are a couple of things I can think of as to why... The area would definitely be less developed then it is now. So when we see where the car is found, it seems an obvious place to look, but, it might have looked very different 40 years ago. Also, water levels were very different 40 years ago. One thing interesting about bridges is due to the way water is forced and shunted under them, they can create unnaturally deep areas and pockets near or around them. They aren't usually surveyed frequently. So, if the creek was 6 feet deep in 1920 or so when the bridge was built, it could easily have eroded underwater places that are 10-15 feet deep unbeknownst to people. Sometimes silt or debris can create a false looking bottom as well. So the sheriff, assuming the water is 6 feet deep, wouldn't "see" a car that would be obvious it that shallow of water and not think to look more or send in a diver. If the girl's car was airborne and they didn't brake, you might not see the obvious tire marks indicating they went off the road.

meanmaryjean
09-26-2013, 03:04 AM
IIRC, the road was gravel surface at the time. My in-laws lived on a gravel road for many, many years. You don't really see skid marks (if indeed they DID skid).

Also, the car traveling in front of them would have raised a significant amount of road dust- probably obscuring the view out the boys' rear-view mirror. They may have not noticed for some time that the girls' car HAD vanished from view. Perhaps the cloud of dust is the cause of the running off the road to begin with- who knows?

Finally, spring run-off may have left the creek murky. An upside-down vehicle may not have been noticeable.

j.n.c
09-26-2013, 04:03 PM
Hi all – I wanted to jump back in with some points about the area. As mentioned my grandfather’s farm was 2 miles south as the crow flies and the Brule Creek ran through the property. Nothing really enlightening to share but thought I’d throw out some observations:

These roads were indeed gravel. I believe 310th is still gravel, judging from aerial.
The rural area is less populated than it was back then. Many of the farm homesteads have disappeared and land consolidated or farmed by others. Even so, there seemed to be a lot of distance between farms (at least to the city boy visiting for the summer) and got very dark at night w/o streetlights :)
Otherwise, this rural area is pretty much unchanged for many years.
On some days, you might see only a few cars and some farm equipment travel down one of these roads.
Brule Creek, like most creeks I suppose, at normal level ranged from a few inches in depth to “swimmin’ holes.” I agree with the general statement that the water is deeper under the bridges – it was deeper under the bridge near Spink.
In the spring and during heavy rain the creek would overflow the banks, flood the surrounding area, and could be quite turbulent.

Looking at the bridge report it’s interesting it was built in 1970, replacing whatever was there before. http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/170718325?access_key=key-1hhgnn9440f9ozs5prah&allow_share=true&view_mode=scroll

There are also photos of the bridge if you scroll to the bottom.
All in all, this is not a big deep creek. I feel like the car landed in an unfortunate sweet spot that was just deep enough to keep it hidden over the years until the water level was low enough this year. The photo here show how close to the bridge it was when discovered though it could have been pushed toward the bridge (assuming it is on north upstream side)http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/officials-find-skeletal-remains-in-union-county/?id=153657

Markybug
09-27-2013, 06:04 PM
Weird these missing car and occupants cases coming to something so close together after so long.


Mark.

Rainstorm
10-02-2013, 09:33 PM
All u can say is wow. makes me wonder too who else is in water. Those tow in fossil in ok. And. Now sd . I read they searched a river, but not thus creek. Maybe I missed. something.

M86
10-23-2013, 04:57 PM
Starting to sound more like it was an accident...

KSFY - AG Releases Information About Skeletal Remains Found In Union County (http://www.ksfy.com/story/23721296/south-dakota-attorney-general-releases-new-information)

KELO - Attorney General Reveals Latest In Missing Persons Investigation (http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/attorney-general-reveals-latest-in-missing-persons-investigation/?id=154722)

Argus Leader - Cold Case Investigation Reveals New Information On Bodies, Car (http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013310170066)

Snipped from the Argus Leader:
Attorney General Marty Jackley said that he was able to confirm today that skeletal remains found in the car appear to belong to two different people. The remains had been sent to a forensic pathologist in Sioux Falls for testing. They have now been sent, Jackley said, to a lab at the University of Texas in the hope that the remains can be identified through DNA testing.

Investigators were also able to determine the Studebaker was in third gear, the car’s highest gear, when it entered the creek, according to Jackley.

“I think it’s fair to say that, standing alone, that evidence is not consistent with foul play,” Jackley said.

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed
11-09-2013, 07:27 PM
Pamella and Cheryl, both 17, disappeared from Vermillion, South Dakota on May 29, 1971. Foul play was suspected in their cases and at one point authorities charged a former classmate with their murders, but the case was dropped for lack of evidence. In October 2013, their car was found submerged upside-down in a local creek with their bodies inside. Their deaths are under investigation.
Source Information:
KDLT News

http://www.charleyproject.org/resolved.html

OkieGranny
01-03-2014, 07:42 AM
Still no confirmation remains found in Studebaker near Alcester are girls missing since 1971 (http://www.tribtown.com/view/story/02ed98c8b3e7482caa161b16d0e700ec/SD--Cold-Case)


A forensic pathologist confirmed that skeletal remains found inside the car are consistent with being from two different people.

Attorney General Marty Jackley said he's waiting for the University of North Texas to identify the remains using DNA testing.

He said earlier that a mechanical test points away from foul play being a factor because the car was in third gear, the highest.

PFF
01-22-2014, 07:32 PM
See at end of thread for links to this case
http://www.thefogbow.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=64&t=10149

poppygirl
01-22-2014, 09:31 PM
Wow - this is incredible. Very sad, for the girls, their families, and their classmate who's life may have been ruined if it turns out to be an accident.

scriptgirl
03-24-2014, 09:05 PM
Is there any more info if this was an accident or not?

mikkismom
04-15-2014, 10:57 AM
Missing Girls Case Update On Tuesday

http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/missing-girls-case-update-on-tuesday/?id=163101

amber1
04-15-2014, 12:05 PM
So glad we are going to get closure in this case!

Island_Chica
04-15-2014, 02:53 PM
And... here's the closure. DNA confirmed the skeletal remains are Miller and Jackson, and sources say evidence points to an auto accident, no alcohol or foul play involved:

http://www.ksfy.com/story/25250181/case-closed-union-county-remains-match-teens-missing-since-1971

Rest in peace, young ladies. It's always good when one of these old cases is solved, especially if there was no foul play. Must be such a relief for the families (including that of the wrongly accused).

mikkismom
04-15-2014, 03:01 PM
Two girls flipped their Studebaker into a flooded ditch in 1971, drowned and lay undiscovered for more than 40 YEARS, investigators announce

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2605271/Have-Pam-Cheryl-Test-results-shed-light-skeletons-recovered-Studebaker-creek-two-teens-went-missing-1971.html#ixzz2yz1DlyYe
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meanmaryjean
04-15-2014, 06:54 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/15/cheryl-miller-pamela-jackson-were-killed-in-car-accident-authorities-say/

The car was found in high gear, which should lay to rest any concerns about foul play. Glad these families finally KNOW what happened to their daughters.

MaryLiz
04-15-2014, 09:28 PM
This is a case I have followed for years. So glad they found them and that they were not the victims of foul play. Unbelievable after all these years! Very happy the families can have some answers now and finally lay them to rest.

M86
04-15-2014, 09:49 PM
CNN - Four decades later, disappearance of 2 missing S.D. girls blamed on fatal wreck (http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/15/us/south-dakota-cold-case-missing-girls/index.html)

The link above shows that clothing, a purse, a very well preserved driver's license belonging to Sherri Miller, and 2 notes to/from classmates were found in the wreckage, along with the remains.

Argus Leader - Cold Case Closed: Missing Girls Died In Car Accident (http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/15/authorities-provide-update-missing-girls-case/7741485/)

The above link is from a local newspaper. A photo in the article shows the headlights were in the "ON" position.

RIP girls.

FragileSugar
04-16-2014, 07:29 AM
Wow! Another car found submerged and another cold case solved! Prayers to both families and the community who have waited so long for answers. RIP Pam and Cheryl.

PFF
04-16-2014, 07:37 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/23/cheryl-miller-and-pamella-jackson-car-found-_n_3977244.html

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Miller&GSfn=Cheryl&GSbyrel=all&GSdy=1971&GSdyrel=in&GSob=n&GRid=128031074&df=all&

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/15/test-results-to-be-released-in-1971-disappearance/7734667/

Kimster
04-16-2014, 03:56 PM
Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday that Pamela Jackson and Cheryl Miller died when their vehicle ran off the road while they were on their way to a party in rural Union County in 1971.

Jackley said there is no evidence of foul play. The vehicle was in third gear when it crashed, keys were still in the ignition, and one of the tires was damaged, perhaps indicating a blowout, he said. The bodies were in the cab and not the trunk.

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/15/1971-case-of-missing-sd-girls-solved/7758443/

musicaljoke
04-16-2014, 04:09 PM
On the evening of the 29th, the two high school juniors visited Miller's grandmother ... After that, they stopped and talked to some boys at a church near the Spink exit and asked them for directions. Miller and Jackson started following the the car full of boys to the party at a gravel pit about 15 miles south of Beresford, but when the boys looked back in their rear-view mirror, Miller and Jackson had vanished. To this day, there has been no sign of them or their car.

l]

What a shame that no one believed the boys. They probably could pinpoint the place where they lost sight of the girls.

Tugela
04-16-2014, 10:00 PM
A tragic story, but the sub story I find interesting. LE were all ready to convict Lykken for murder apparently with nothing more than a "jailhouse confession". It makes one wonder how many other people get charged and/or convicted under similar circumstances. I don't know why DAs pay any attention to these so called informants - it is pretty obvious that they have strong motivation to lie to get some sort of deal or improved living conditions.

Soulmagent
04-16-2014, 11:03 PM
A tragic story, but the sub story I find interesting. LE were all ready to convict Lykken for murder apparently with nothing more than a "jailhouse confession". It makes one wonder how many other people get charged and/or convicted under similar circumstances. I don't know why DAs pay any attention to these so called informants - it is pretty obvious that they have strong motivation to lie to get some sort of deal or improved living conditions.

I wopnder what evidence they used to convict him on the rape and abduction charge . I have not seen a link that talks about that case.

SophieRose
04-17-2014, 12:53 AM
I wopnder what evidence they used to convict him on the rape and abduction charge . I have not seen a link that talks about that case.

http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/criminals-connection-to-cold-case/?id=34265

On July 10, 1990, Lykken entered an ex-girlfriend's apartment in Vermillion. The USD student and part-time church secretary tried breaking up with him for weeks, but he keep coming to her home. On that night he locked her bedroom, almost choked her and raped in at least four times with her children in the home.

Tugela
04-17-2014, 05:36 AM
http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/criminals-connection-to-cold-case/?id=34265

On July 10, 1990, Lykken entered an ex-girlfriend's apartment in Vermillion. The USD student and part-time church secretary tried breaking up with him for weeks, but he keep coming to her home. On that night he locked her bedroom, almost choked her and raped in at least four times with her children in the home.

Sounds like a domestic situation gone bad, with a he said/she said scenario playing out.....227 years seems extremely excessive for that.

Anyhow, that is nothing like the MO required for the disappearance of these other two girls though, so I think the DA/LE were basically trying to "solve" the case by blaming him when this jailhouse informer came up with his story.

I think it is kind of scary that they would try to charge someone with murder (and get an indictment) on such flimsy evidence. And the Sheriff doesn't even seem to understand that there was a fundamental flaw with the process involved with their investigative methodology, so they will probably make the same mistakes again. It doesn't say much for the quality of justice in that part of the country. Not to mention the hell they put the girls families through all these years, making them think that their daughters murderer got off on a technicality, when in fact they were not murdered at all (and should have been found at the accident site within 24 hours if LE had been doing their job properly).

KaaBoom
04-17-2014, 02:40 PM
What a shame that no one believed the boys. They probably could pinpoint the place where they lost sight of the girls.

A question that needs to be answered. If the boy's story was the truth, why didn't they turn around and go back and look for the girls themselves? If they did in fact know where the girls disappeared, it should have been easy for them to find the girl's car. In my opinion, their story is still suspicious.

deca
04-17-2014, 03:17 PM
I don't think they realized EXACTLY when the girls car disappeared..they just noticed at some point on the road they couldn't see their car. Which makes sense, because you don't sit in the car and continually look backwards and someone following you.

And given how often that road was traveled over the years, search parties, etc., it is obvious that the car sunk pretty fast in a "hole" in the creek under that bridge.

musicaljoke
04-17-2014, 03:36 PM
A question that needs to be answered. If the boy's story was the truth, why didn't they turn around and go back and look for the girls themselves? If they did in fact know where the girls disappeared, it should have been easy for them to find the girl's car. In my opinion, their story is still suspicious.

They clearly didn't realise that the girls were in such danger, but they would have been able say where they saw them last, and also where they first noticed that they were no longer behind them. Would there have been more than a couple of miles/kms between those spots? A deep river along the route would have been a good place to search.

Awh yes, in hindsight. :/

KaaBoom
04-17-2014, 09:10 PM
I don't think they realized EXACTLY when the girls car disappeared..they just noticed at some point on the road they couldn't see their car. Which makes sense, because you don't sit in the car and continually look backwards and someone following you.

And given how often that road was traveled over the years, search parties, etc., it is obvious that the car sunk pretty fast in a "hole" in the creek under that bridge.


They clearly didn't realise that the girls were in such danger, but they would have been able say where they saw them last, and also where they first noticed that they were no longer behind them. Would there have been more than a couple of miles/kms between those spots? A deep river along the route would have been a good place to search.

Awh yes, in hindsight. :/

If it had been me driving the car that those girls where following, when they suddenly disappeared, I would have personally with or without the help of the police gone out there and drove or walked over every foot of that road, looking for any clues of what happened to them. I would certainly have looked very closely at every bridge. I may not have found them right away, but I would have found that car eventually. I wouldn't been able to sleep until, I knew what happened to them, and I think most people would do the same.

Yet, in this case, not one person involved, bothered to look under a bridge, a half a mile from the girls destination? :waitasec: Something is wrong there.

deca
04-18-2014, 01:29 PM
IIRC Many people looked along that route and in the fields- including those boys- plus people had been around that stream all these years.
Someone upthread talked about bridges and how sometimes there are "holes" in creeks (sometimes caused by bridges, sometimes natural) and these holes can be quite deep.
I know in the rivers here most areas are 10 ft or less, but there are some holes that are very very deep. People have gone down in these holes and been lost for years.
So this person upthread (I think she was from the area) speculated that the car had gone into one of these holes just right and remained covered all these years by water.

Just like those 2 cars that were recently found in that lake after 30+ years- they were just a short way from the dock that people used year after year.

Tugela
04-19-2014, 04:58 AM
Cars that go off the road don't just levitate into a hole, there would have been damage in the brush alongside the road.

Obviously no one walked the verge where their car was last seen and looked for any. Cars don't just vanish. Like I said, this case should have been solved within 24 hours of the accident, the fact that it was not is just sheer incompetence by local LE. That, compounded by their attempt to frame this other guy for "murder" so they could close the case, is mind boggling.

KaaBoom
04-19-2014, 02:55 PM
Cars that go off the road don't just levitate into a hole, there would have been damage in the brush alongside the road.

Obviously no one walked the verge where their car was last seen and looked for any. Cars don't just vanish. Like I said, this case should have been solved within 24 hours of the accident, the fact that it was not is just sheer incompetence by local LE. That, compounded by their attempt to frame this other guy for "murder" so they could close the case, is mind boggling.

I'm not sure I would necessarily connect the original blundered investigation with the attempt to frame the convict for murder. Since those two things happened 35 years apart.

But I do smell a cover-up with the original investigation. Somebody did not want to find those girls very badly.

KaaBoom
04-19-2014, 03:34 PM
IIRC Many people looked along that route and in the fields- including those boys- plus people had been around that stream all these years.
Someone upthread talked about bridges and how sometimes there are "holes" in creeks (sometimes caused by bridges, sometimes natural) and these holes can be quite deep.
I know in the rivers here most areas are 10 ft or less, but there are some holes that are very very deep. People have gone down in these holes and been lost for years.
So this person upthread (I think she was from the area) speculated that the car had gone into one of these holes just right and remained covered all these years by water.

Just like those 2 cars that were recently found in that lake after 30+ years- they were just a short way from the dock that people used year after year.

But this is not a lake. It's not even a river. It's just a little creek a half mile from the girl's destination. Look at the pictures below and tell me how that car could stay under that bridge for 40 years, if someone had actually looked for it there?

Note the tire tracks in the gravel in the first picture. The girl's car would have left tire tracks just like that. But their tracks would have gone right off the side of the road. It would have been like a big arrow pointing to where the car was.

In the third picture the car was under the water, directly behind the bridge pillars, when the picture was taken. A person could have waded into that water and found the car, or just used a probing pole to find it. Ultimately it was found totally by accident.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c209/e2228995/Screenshot2014-04-17at95942AM_zps05059943.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c209/e2228995/Screenshot2014-04-17at100034AM_zps5f6b27c1.jpg
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c209/e2228995/Screenshot2014-04-17at100311AM_zps40849571.jpg

FragileSugar
04-19-2014, 04:01 PM
1971 Disappearance of Elk Point, S.D. Teens Finally Solved Thanks to Drought (http://www.weather.com/news/drought-solves-long-term-mystery-20140418)

Jackson's late mother, Adele, told people the loss of a daughter was especially hard on her husband, Oscar.

"She said just about every night after supper, he'd go out driving around the countryside looking for that Studebaker," said Paul Buum, publisher of the local newspaper, the Alcester Union and Hudsonite.

Oscar Jackson died at age 102, five days before the car was found. An obituary noted that his daughter's disappearance was his "greatest sadness."

leilarose68
04-19-2014, 07:20 PM
1971 Disappearance of Elk Point, S.D. Teens Finally Solved Thanks to Drought (http://www.weather.com/news/drought-solves-long-term-mystery-20140418)

Jackson's late mother, Adele, told people the loss of a daughter was especially hard on her husband, Oscar.

"She said just about every night after supper, he'd go out driving around the countryside looking for that Studebaker," said Paul Buum, publisher of the local newspaper, the Alcester Union and Hudsonite.

Oscar Jackson died at age 102, five days before the car was found. An obituary noted that his daughter's disappearance was his "greatest sadness."

unbelievably heartbreaking.

Littlegreenlady
04-22-2014, 08:42 AM
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/south-dakota-girls-1971-car-crash-mystery

OkieGranny
05-23-2014, 04:18 PM
http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/state-and-regional/missing-vermillion-teen-more-than-a-mystery-to-family/article_56dc2d6a-1454-5618-87d1-0a7fc1e8dd71.html


"We’re happy to have her home," Jackson's sister, Kay Brock, said Thursday.

Allen said she hopes people will remember her sister for the bright, beautiful and kind girl she was rather than how she died. Allen was 10 years old when Miller went missing. The sisters were very close, she said.

"She was my second mother," Allen said.

OkieGranny
05-29-2014, 07:30 PM
http://www.ktiv.com/story/25646373/2014/05/29/after-43-years-missing-south-dakota-teen-laid-to-rest


One of four songs played during Sherri's memorial service was "Bridge over Troubled Waters."

"It was a part of Sherri and Pam, that I felt had some very true words in there,” explained Allen.

After 43-years her family hadn't forgotten her and neither had her friends. About a dozen classmates attended the memorial service.

KaaBoom
05-30-2014, 04:29 PM
This one still bugs me. I would still like to know how that car could sit in a few feet of water, for over 40 years in such an obvious place, without anyone finding it. I suppose we will never know. The people who might be able to answer the question are probably no longer alive.

I just have a feeling that this is not the entire story.

OkieGranny
05-30-2014, 08:25 PM
http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/crime/article/Judge-allows-release-of-documents-in-1971-case-5517838.php


Court documents that supported three search warrants in the investigation of two girls missing since 1971 can be unsealed but without the names and other identifying information of numerous reported victims of sexual assaults, a judge ruled late Friday.

Judge Steven Jensen granted an attorney general's office request to release redacted copies of the documents that another judge used in 2004 to grant the searches at the boyhood home near Alcester of David Lykken. Authorities said at the time that Lykken might have been involved in the disappearance of Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson as well as other unnamed people...

Jensen concluded the dismissal of the indictment and closure of the case both support the documents' release. All of the victims in the case agreed to it, as well, as long as identifying information is redacted.

emeraldine
05-30-2014, 10:07 PM
1971 Disappearance of Elk Point, S.D. Teens Finally Solved Thanks to Drought (http://www.weather.com/news/drought-solves-long-term-mystery-20140418)

Jackson's late mother, Adele, told people the loss of a daughter was especially hard on her husband, Oscar.

"She said just about every night after supper, he'd go out driving around the countryside looking for that Studebaker," said Paul Buum, publisher of the local newspaper, the Alcester Union and Hudsonite.

Oscar Jackson died at age 102, five days before the car was found. An obituary noted that his daughter's disappearance was his "greatest sadness."

I'm glad it's been solved, despite such a sad outcome...but this is just horrible.

May they all rest in peace.

OkieGranny
06-22-2014, 08:12 AM
Cold case documents reveal reasons why law enforcement pursued suspect (http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2014/06/20/documents-missing-girls-case-released/11061399/)


Jackley and his predecessor, Larry Long, have both maintained that law enforcement had good reasons for believing that Lykken was involved with the girls' disappearance.

"The search warrant contains serious allegations involving nine separate victims and a further look at why law enforcement should have been searching for two missing girls," Jackley wrote. "The release of this information neither changes my apology for the disruption caused to the Lykken family during the 2004 search, nor my position that the search was supported by the information known at that time. It is my hope that all families including these nine victims, the Jacksons, the Millers and the Lykkens can find some peace with the closure of this cold case," said Jackley...

In June of 1971, a neighbor to the Jackson family reported hearing a party line conversation a month before between Jackson and a man named "David." Jackson had discussed having a hangover. Jackson also had mentioned "David" slamming her hand in the car door during the conversation, and "David" said he'd wished he'd taken pictures of Jackson. The neighbor said he thought "David" was a student at the University of South Dakota.

KaaBoom
06-23-2014, 10:46 AM
Cold case documents reveal reasons why law enforcement pursued suspect (http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2014/06/20/documents-missing-girls-case-released/11061399/)

I'm not impressed with their explanation. It just proves that if they coerce witnesses long enough, they can get them to say anything. A woman saw a car with dead bodies in it, on her property when she was 15 years old, and didn't report it to anyone. But over 30 years later she could tell investigators about it.:facepalm: Excepting that at face value is as bad as trying to get a convict to record a fake confession from another inmate.

Nothing in this report changes the fact that police blotched this investigation from the day the girls disappeared, until the day they were found. This was nothing but 40 years of police FAIL.

Farmhand
07-12-2014, 06:55 PM
This one still bugs me. I would still like to know how that car could sit in a few feet of water, for over 40 years in such an obvious place, without anyone finding it. I suppose we will never know. The people who might be able to answer the question are probably no longer alive.

I just have a feeling that this is not the entire story.

I grew up a dozen or so miles from there. I remember hearing about this when I was a kid. You would think if LE would have looked a little bit in 1971 they would have found the car. A couple of scuba divers? This creek is nothing more than a drainage for some farm fields and in most years wouldn't be very deep. I suppose it would depend on how deep the hole was that the car ended up in. I am sure some years over the course of the past 40 this creek would have been near dry at some time. I would agree major fail by LE back in 1971. Which direction were the girls traveling? West to east?

KaaBoom
07-23-2014, 03:08 AM
I grew up a dozen or so miles from there. I remember hearing about this when I was a kid. You would think if LE would have looked a little bit in 1971 they would have found the car. A couple of scuba divers? This creek is nothing more than a drainage for some farm fields and in most years wouldn't be very deep. I suppose it would depend on how deep the hole was that the car ended up in. I am sure some years over the course of the past 40 this creek would have been near dry at some time. I would agree major fail by LE back in 1971. Which direction were the girls traveling? West to east?

Yes, I believe they were traveling west to east, and went off the right side of the road. The hole couldn't be very deep. Since in low water the wheels were sticking out.