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Confirmation in the case of two missing girls brings closure for families and law enforcement

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Authorities have confirmed what KSFY News first reported Monday.

The remains found in a rural Union County creek belong to Pam Jackson and Cheryl Miller, two teenage girls who disappeared on their way to a party back in May 1971.

It's a mystery nearly 43 years in the making. And after a long investigation, it's been solved.

There was a lot of speculation through the years about what happened to Pam Jackson and Cheryl Miller.

They were last seen on May 29th, 1971, driving Miller's grandfather's Studebaker.

Last September, there was a major break in the case. A fisherman spotted the wreckage of a car in Brule Creek.

Law enforcement removed human remains from the car, then lifted the car from the creek.

Police examined the car and sent the remains to a lab at the University of North Texas for DNA testing.

And after months of examination, we now have confirmation that Pam and Cheryl died in a car accident.

Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges said "it's wonderful to have closure. You know a lot of years went by, a lot if searching, a lot of work, man hours, and to be about to have this day and an understanding of what really did take place is wonderful for the family. That's the most important part."

"I couldn't imagine having a family member go missing and not have any clues at all, where they're at, to have that many years go by has got to be heart-wrenching," Sheriff Limoges said.

The girls' family members attended a news conference this afternoon in Elk Point where law enforcement released details about that night Pam and Cheryl disappeared.

They didn't want to go on camera, but they thanked law enforcement for their hard work at bringing them closure.

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