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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Missing person search: No remains found during investigative dig in Shawnee

  • An investigative dig this week in the ongoing search for the remains of Sandy Pathresa Rea revealed nothing, but Shawnee police continue to follow leads in the unsolved missing person case of 29 years.
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  • An investigative dig this week in the ongoing search for the remains of Sandy Pathresa Rea revealed nothing, but Shawnee police continue to follow leads in the unsolved missing person case of 29 years.
    Sandy was 17 when she was last seen Sept. 19, 1984. Over the years, Shawnee police have searched numerous locations in hopes of finding her remains.
    As a result of a tip, Shawnee police began a dig in the Shawnee area Tuesday, Police Chief Russell Frantz said, with a professor from The University of Oklahoma Archaeology Group providing his expertise at the scene.
    Police had hopes of ending at least part of the mystery in the unsolved case.
    "Unfortunately nothing was found at this site — we can close this location as a possible burial site," Frantz said Wednesday. "We continue to follow leads and tips to bring closure to this case and for the family."
    Sandy was reported missing in 1984 from Shawnee Bowl on North Harrison Street, with reports indicating she was trying to get a ride to a party and was last seen making a phone call from the bowling alley. But witness statements in later years of the investigation have indicated there were later sightings of her at parties at Shawnee Twin Lakes and at a local motel.
    Hundreds of people have been interviewed as part of the investigation over the years. Numerous leads have been followed and many places — from land to old wells — have been searched for a body, yet there's been no sign of Sandy.
    Anyone with information on the Sandy Rea case is asked to call 405-878-1630.
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