University of North Texas DNA lab helps solve 42-year-old mystery

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Friday, April 18, 2014

The nationally known DNA lab at the University of North Texas has helped solve the mystery of what happened to two South Dakota high school girls who disappeared in late May 1971.

Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson, both 17, were on their way to a party at a gravel pit when they somehow drove off a country road and ended up in Brule Creek in rural Union County, about 20 miles northeast of Vermillion, where they attended school.

Their fate remained unknown until Sept. 23, 2013, when someone spotted the 1960 Studebaker they had been driving, a spokeswoman for South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said Wednesday.

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