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Several clues unravel 42-year-old missing persons case

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The case of two missing teenage girls has been solved.

As KSFY News first reported Monday night, the remains found in a car pulled from Brule Creek in September belong to Pam Jackson and Cheryl Miller.

And investigators say their death was an accident.

Several clues helped unravel this four-decades-old mystery.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said "today we are announcing the positive identification, that the remains found in the vehicle are that of Pam Jackson and Cherie Miller."

And their family members never gave up looking for them.

"They looked, law enforcement looked, search after search, and I think it just took the right set of conditions and those conditions were a very wet spring followed by a change in the current of Brule Creek," Jackley said.

Investigators said it wasn't foul play but a car accident that took them off the road and into the creek.

"Pam and Cherie were found in a location in the front area of the vehicle and surrounding the passenger and drivers side that would not be consistent with the trunk area, the clothing was found to contain bones as well as shoes having bones in them that would be inconsistent with foul play," Jackley said.

The girls were on their way to a party the night they disappeared, but there are no signs alcohol caused them to veer off the road.

"The witness testimony indicating the two girls were at the hospital visiting the Miller grandmother, up until about 9:30 and then abruptly after that, met with the boys in the parking lot. There was no evidence of alcohol contained in the debris of the vehicle or surrounding the vehicle," Jackley said.

Beside DNA testing, evidence found at the scene brings closure for the family.

"Cherie Miller's purse, and you'll see from the purse it contains several items. It essentially had the driver's license and two notes from classmates, personal notes to Cherie Miller," Jackley said.

South Dakota Attorney general Marty Jackley says law enforcement often receives help from the public to solve crimes. 

He says that help is something he doesn't take lightly.

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