They were walking together on River Road away from the school, towards the business district, when a passing motorist picked them up and gave them a ride to a gas station at River Road and Interstate 23. Neither of them has ever been heard from again. The driver who picked the girls up has been cleared as a suspect.
Patricia and Pamela weren’t carrying their purses or identification with them at the time of their disappearances, which is strange and unfortunate. At first authorities thought they had run away, possibly to the Flint, Michigan area, but they reconsidered this theory after weeks passed without contact. Foul play is suspected in their cases, which remain unsolved.