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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Died in South Dakota, Take 2: Tests of Remains Indicate Teens in David Lykken Case Died in Car Accident

Back in 2008, I posted an entry about a case out of South Dakota in which David Lykken was indicted in connection with the disappearance of two teens in 1971. The charges against Lykken were eventually dropped after the jailhouse informant who allegedly recorded Lykken confessing to killing the teens admitted to faking the coversation. Today, that case finally got a postscript. According to an article on the case,

Two Vermillion, S.D., teens missing for nearly 43 years died in a car crash, not from foul play, authorities said Tuesday.

Pamella Jackson, and Cheryl Miller, both 17, were last seen driving to a party at a Union County gravel pit in a 1960 Studebaker Lark on May 29, 1971

Their car was found partially submerged upside down in a creek several miles southwest of Alcester, S.D., on Sept. 13, 2013. Two sets of skeletal remains inside the car were sent to Texas for testing.



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So good to have closure but so sad for everybody involved. I hurt for the Lykken family for all the years prosecution tried to hypnotize or pressure or dig or harass the family into admitting their son David had killed the girls. Justice in this case is indeed cold for them. They deserve an apology.

Posted by: Cheryl Killian | Apr 16, 2014 5:23:58 AM

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