One man made a commitment, unsolved mysteries would not be forgotten in our state.
And just yesterday, a break in a South Dakota cold case made national headlines.
Last night, we showed you the moment family members and investigators had been waiting for. The car last seen driven by two missing teenaged girls, found, after more than 40 years.
We spoke with the man responsible for creating the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) 'Cold Case' Unit.
And after the discovery of Cheryl Miller and Pam Jackson's car, you could say the lesson learned here for all of us it to never give up.
It's a cold case, more than 40 years in the making.
What happened to Cheryl miller and Pam Jackson the night they disappeared?
Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom said "there's a lot of interest around that case. A lot of speculation over the years as to what may have happened or a possible suspects. It was clearly at the top of the cases we looked at, at the time."
Now, a major break in the case. Investigators found the girls' car and human remains, but the mystery of what happened on May 29th 1971, remains unsolved
"Was it an accident, were they killed in the vehicle, you know pushed in there, a lot of things remain unanswered yet at this point," Sheriff Thom said.
Thom started the state's Division of Criminal Investigations Cold Case Unit. He's now the Pennington County sheriff but he hasn't forgotten these girls.
"We had a suspect before. There's some speculation it wasn't an accident, that it was a homicide. And I think that still remains unanswered today because they'll have to do whatever forensic work they can on the bones they found," Sheriff Thom said.
And even though it took more than 40 years to find the car, investigators have a better chance at solving the case today than they could have before.
"New forensics, new technology allows you to do things today, that we couldn't even 10 or 15 years ago and that gives us different ways to look at a case," Sheriff Thom said.
We may never know why the girls' car ended up in Brule Creek but this cold case has now turned hot.
"I think this is a blessing frankly, and a break in the case if you will. And again, whether it turns out to be an accident or a homicide or unknown, at least we found the body, we found the vehicles, and it answers some of the questions," Sheriff Thom said.
Many people hope this break in the cold case, finding the car, gives the family closure.
But investigators tell us, Pam Jackson's father died recently and his funeral was last Saturday, just days before his daughter's car was found.
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