Investigators have been very tight-lipped about the investigation involving a Studebaker found in Union County less than a month ago. According to South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, that car is connected to the disappearance of Sherri Miller and Pam Jackson, and he is now speaking out about the latest discoveries.
"We've been able to work with local law enforcement and state authorities to bring in and preserve the evidence the best we could, including the vehicle," Jackley said.
One of the most revealing discoveries in the investigation could involve how fast the car was going, adding to the theory that the two women died in a crash.
"We've done some mechanical testing on the vehicle, and we have made the determination that the vehicle was in 3rd gear, which would not necessarily be consistent with foul play," Jackley said.
Third gear is the highest gear the Studebaker could possibly be in. Investigators also found skeletal remains inside the car.
Jackley says they are getting closer to finding out who they belong to.
"The skeletal remains that were found were sent to a forensic pathologist here in Sioux Falls, and there's been a determination that they belong to two individuals," Jackley said.
The remains were sent to another forensic pathologist to confirm the identities of the two individuals.
"It's an important decision to make sure that we give proper respects to the remains, and so this final step, hopefully within 30-90 days, will bring us that closure so that we can give a proper burial and notification to the family," Jackley said.
Jackley also added that he is confident that they know the identities of the two people in the car, but he is waiting for the final DNA results before making an official announcement.