VA Richard "Pete" Miller Jr. (20) - Staunton VA, 1983

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    Richard "Pete" Miller, Jr.

    Endangered Missing from Staunton, Virginia since November 17, 1983

    Age: 20 -- Hair Color: Brown

    Richard may use the nickname Pete.


    Richard was last seen by his father during the early-morning hours of November 17, 1983 along Va. 254 as the two drove toward Staunton in separate vehicles. Richard was headed to The News Leader, where he worked as an inserter placing supplemental ads in the newspaper. He was last seen pulled over on the westbound side of the road near Eidison Creek Hill behind another pickup with a cap.

    Richard was going to be married the next weekend. The father of his fiancé filed a missing person's report within a couple of days. The pickup that was parked in front of Richard's truck on the last day he was seen belonged to Pete's future father-in-law.

    On December 14, 1983, Richard's abandoned pickup was found in Richmond. Police said it'd been in the same parking spot for three to four weeks. The truck was wiped clean.

    A couple months after Richard's disappearance, the Miller family received an anonymous letter informing them their son was OK and working, but he had decided to sever all ties with his family.

    Over the years, based on tips that didn't pan out, several sites in Augusta County have been excavated. In 1999, at a vacant home at the intersection of Frog Pond Road and Va. 254, two cisterns and a septic tank were pumped to no avail in the search for Miller's body. Foul play is suspected.


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