When a 1960 Studebaker was found Monday morning in a Union County creek, it re-opened the decades-old missing persons case involving Pam Jackson and Sherri Miller. And it was around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when officials confirmed the discovery of skeletal remains in the vehicle, among other items.
This turn in the case is bringing with it a mixed bag of emotion and reaction.
The Union County bridge over Brule Creek is now re-opened after investigators wrapped up a two-day process of gathering evidence from a submerged 1960 Studebaker.
Kenny Larsen lives near Akron, Iowa but has paid close attention to the case of Sherri Miller and Pam Jackson for nearly a decade. Once he heard that skeletal remains had been found inside the car, he had to come see the discovery site himself.
"The rumors were that they would never find any body, the rumors that we've heard for years," Larsen said.
When we spoke to neighbors near the site, they felt the same way. They always heard that nothing would ever be found. One man says he has traveled over that bridge thousands of times and never once thought that there could be a vehicle in the creek below.
Another neighbor says that she is shocked anything was gathered out of the vehicle because it had been under the water for so long.
One thing all the neighbors are able to agree upon is that even though the identities have not been confirmed in this case, they think there is closure coming very soon to the families involved.
It is a sentiment shared by Larsen, who attempts to find a positive through a river of sadness.
"You have something to bury, you have some idea of what happened, maybe. Hopefully it was just an accident, that would be the best that could come of this," Larsen said.
An autopsy and other testing will soon be done on the skeletal remains found inside the Studebaker. Neighbors say they are thankful that this situation could be finally over and that their questions may soon be answered.