It could be one of the biggest breaks in a long-standing cold case in South Dakota involving two missing teenagers.
Pam Jackson and Sherri Miller disappeared in 1971 and were last seen driving a 1960 Studebaker. On Monday, that same studebaker is said to be found in a creek in Union County.
The discovery of the submerged vehicle was made in the late morning hours by a man who saw four wheels sticking out of the Brule Creek in Union County. The high water levels prevented this discovery until now and it could be the case's biggest break yet.
"I received a call here of an individual that came across a vehicle that was submerged in the Brule Creek," Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges said.
From there, investigators found a 1960 Studebaker in very rough shape, but a car believed to have connections to the disappearance of two teenage girls in 1971.
"We do believe that, obviously, this case is very important and certainly with the license plate number, that we believe it has to do with respect to that disappearance of Sherri Miller and Pam Jackson," South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said.
The two Vermillion teens disappeared on their way to a party and from that point on, their disappearance has remained a mystery.
The condition of the discovered Studebaker is not good and efforts to remove it from the creek have been unsuccessful.
"We want to be careful with it so that we can make sure that we preserve as much evidence as possible so that we can perhaps bring closure to the family of this matter that happened back in 1971," Jackley said.
Law enforcement were quick to contact family members after the car was discovered, feeling they made a big break.
"Law enforcement felt confident enough today to notify family members related to the Miller and Jackson family and to invite those family members out," Jackley said.
Conversations with those family members are being kept private, but Jackley says it is hard to argue against the importance of Monday's discovery.
"In this instance, we have two missing teenagers with unanswered questions. What may come out of today's events is we may have some further questions answered," Jackley said.
As they were attempting to remove the car from the creek, Jackley says some issues arose with keeping the full car in tact. Now, authorities are looking at evidence piece by piece and working hard to keep all the evidence together in hopes of bringing closure to this case.
Read past stories on the search for Pam Jackson and Sherri Miller:
|Sept. 23, 2013||Big Break In Famous South Dakota Cold Case|
|Sept. 23, 2013||Car Found In Union County Connected To Missing Girls Case|
|Sept. 23, 2013||Car Connected To 1971 Missing Girls Case Found In Union County|
|July 4, 2007||Mother Remembers Pam Jackson|
|Sept. 19, 2004||Students Help Cold Case Team|
|Sept. 9, 2004||Jackson Family Waits For Answers|
|August 31, 2004||Doe Network Helps With Sherri Miller And Pam Jackson Case|
|August 30, 2004||Sherri Miller's Family Remembers|
|August 29, 2004||Sherri Miller's Family Talks|
|August 27, 2004||The Emotional Impact Of Cold Cases|
|August 26, 2004||Classmate Talks About Pam Jackson And Sherri Miller's Disappearances|
|August 26, 2004||Cold Case Coffee Talk|
|August 25, 2004||33-Year-Old Investigation Into Two Teens' Disappearances|