Ask just about anyone in Shawnee about one of the biggest mysteries here and many think of the missing persons case of Sandy Pathresa Rea.

Back on Sept. 19, 1984, the freckled 17-year-old Shawnee teenager made a phone call from the Shawnee bowling alley in hopes of getting a ride to a party, but what happened after that is still a mystery.

Ask just about anyone in Shawnee about one of the biggest mysteries here and many think of the missing persons case of Sandy Pathresa Rea.

Back on Sept. 19, 1984, the freckled 17-year-old Shawnee teenager made a phone call from the Shawnee bowling alley in hopes of getting a ride to a party, but what happened after that is still a mystery.

Now, 33 years later, the disappearance of Sandy Rea remains unsolved, but her family still hasn't given up hope for closure.

Over the decades, there have been many stories shared and theories pondered. There have even been organized digs done in the search for her remains.

Sandy’s disappearance remains an open missing persons case with the Shawnee Police Department, but her family also hasn’t given up searching for Sandy — and the truth — on their own.

Her cousin, Johnny Price, made a vow five years ago that he would find Sandy. He has since dedicated his life to the search and said he intends to keep that promise to his family, no matter how long it takes.

For years, it was reported that Sandy was last seen at the Shawnee bowling alley on North Harrison Street, but witness statements in later years of the investigation indicated other possible sightings of her at parties, including one at Shawnee Twin Lakes.

While the case has been assigned to different detectives over the years, hundreds of people have been interviewed as part of the investigation, and some people have been interviewed three or four times. Numerous leads have been followed and many places have been searched for a body, yet there’s been no sign of Sandy.

Price, who said the family's efforts have uncovered countless stories and possible scenarios, said the family feels certain they are looking for Sandy’s remains after all these years, but they still need that closure. He said Sandy’s mother, who conducted countless searches of her own over the years, needs to know what happened to her daughter and give her a proper burial.

“I will not stop until Sandy is found,” Price said, adding there is someone out there who knows what truly happened.

And while Price acknowledges that Sandy came from a broken family and had a rough life as a teen, she also was a “free spirit” who lived on her own, yet still managed to be a straight-A student. Price said Sandy trusted a lot of people and he fears that trust cost Sandy her life.

Shawnee Police Detective Sgt. Ronnie Wilson, who is now assigned to the case, said they haven't had any new leads that have developed in the case. And while police still have people calling in and giving them information, he said some of that information has been repetitive.

Price, who said he knows investigative resources are often limited, said he'd like to the see some outside help, such as the case being investigated by a state or federal agency.

Regardless, Price said he isn’t going to give up.

“We just want to find Sandy and put her to rest,” Price said.

Sandy is listed as missing in the database of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The latest age progression photograph shows what Sandy might have looked like at the age of 46.

Anyone with information can call Detective Wilson, 405-878-1632.