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Missing Woman: Laurie Partridge - WA - 12/04/1974

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Age Progressed to 53 years.


Laurie Lynn Partridge

DOB: May 31, 1957
Missing: Dec 4, 1974
Sex: Female
Race: White
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
Weight: 110 lbs (50 kg)
Missing From:
United States

Laurie's photo is shown aged to 53 years. She was last seen on her way home from school at 37th and Havana Streets. She has a brown mole on her right cheek. FOUL PLAY IS SUSPECTED.

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Spokane County Sheriff's Office (Washington)

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Details of Disappearance

Partridge left her classes at Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington early on December 4, 1974, because she felt was suffering from cramps. She was unable to find a ride and decided to walk the two miles home. She was last seen walking south on Havana Street near 37th Avenue. Partridge never arrived home and has never been heard from again. Her parents reported her missing when she failed to report for work at Lincoln Heights Theater.

Partidge's father had bought her tickets to a Beach Boys concert which took place after disappearance, and the police went to the concert to see if she would arrive there. They did not see her. It was later determined that Partridge's tickets were in fact used, but authorities were unable to find out who used them. 

Partridge is not believed to have left of her own accord. She and her boyfriend were hoping to marry and were planning to select an engagement ring on the day of her disappearance. She worked for her high school newspaper and was on the school drill team. Partridge has five siblings, all younger than herself. She has formerly lived in California. Her case remains unsolved.

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Reward reopens girl's '74 vanishing

Ferris student last seen walking home

By Jody Lawrence-Turner

Staff writer

May 5, 2006

Laurie Partridge has been missing for 31 years, but time hasn't dampened her family's hope of finding out what happened that winter day in 1974.

The 17-year-old left Ferris High School on Dec. 4 because she had stomach cramps, and then she "fell off the face of the earth," a sheriff's detective said.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the resolution of Partridge's disappearance, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.

Officials of the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation agreed to post a reward after they were approached by Taryn Chambers, Partridge's youngest sister.

"I was 6 years old then, but I am the one that's the most determined to find out what happened," Chambers, 38, said. "I'm the one getting it resolved."

Chambers, who lives in Florida, works for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. "I'm always asking: What else can I do?" she said. Her co-workers suggested she go to the foundation, which was established by the parents of another missing teen in 1999, to ask for help.

"Nothing has been found out," Chambers said of her sister's disappearance. "There's obviously someone who abducted or killed my sister, and they are getting away with it. There's someone who knows something out there."

Spokesman-Review news clips, the last of which was published in 1991, offer snapshots of the family's broken heart, the investigation and a mother's longing to know the end of her eldest daughter's story.

Partridge left Ferris High School about 12:30 p.m. on a Wednesday. The blond, blue-eyed teen said she had cramps and wanted to leave. When no one was able to give her a ride, she decided to walk the two-plus miles to her house in the 5400 block of South Custer Street, saying perhaps the walk would help her feel better.

She was wearing a long, navy blue coat with a hood similar to that of a monk's robe. She wore a tan sweater and tan plaid pants. Her shoes were blue denim with a crepe sole. She carried a brown leather purse with a blue flower design and a braided shoulder strap.

When the 5-foot-4, 105-pound teen didn't come home or show up for work at Lincoln Heights Theater, her father, Kenneth Partridge, and one of his six children went knocking on doors along the route. Laurie Partridge was last seen walking south on Havana between 43rd and 49th avenues.

According to newspaper clips, the Sheriff's Office hesitated to start an intense investigation at first, suggesting the 17-year-old was a runaway, an opinion that embittered Partridge's parents as they dealt with their daughter's absence.

But investigators explained it was common for teenagers to run away. Also, the Partridges had moved from California, and the detectives knew that Laurie Partridge was open about her displeasure with the decision and her desire to move back.

However, by the time she went missing, she'd gotten involved with the high school's newspaper and was a member of the drill team. And she was engaged to a 20-year-old man from the Nine Mile Falls area. The two had planned to go pick out engagement rings the next day.

Also, her father had given his daughter tickets to an upcoming Beach Boys concert to hold for him. A few detectives were at the concert to watch for Laurie Partridge, just in case she showed up. She didn't. But investigators discovered the tickets had been used.

The teenager's mother thought the Sheriff's Office failed the family by not having more manpower at the concert to capture the person who used her daughter's concert tickets.

Detectives questioned three suspects after the girl's disappearance, including serial killer Ted Bundy. But on Thursday, Sgt. Jim Goodwin said there were no suspects.

Chambers regrets that her mother died without knowing what happened to Partridge, but she's still determined to find the answers.

"Anybody who can give us information to get it resolved will help," Chambers said. "It's worse not knowing."

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Reward revitalizes search for teen missing since '74

Jeff Humphrey

Last updated: Thursday, May 04th, 2006 06:19:13 PM

Reward revitalizes search for teen missing since '74

SPOKANE -- A new reward is helping revitalize interest in a 32-year-old cold case involving the disappearance of a Spokane teen who left school one day and literally vanished off the face of the earth.

In December of 1974, Lauire Partridge left Ferris High School early, complaining about not feeling well. Without school bus service she headed home on foot and was last seen walking south on Havana Street near 43rd Avenue.

No one thinks Laurie ran away; later that cold December day she had been planning on going to pick out an engagement ring with her boyfriend and had plans to get married.

Major Crimes Sergeant Jim Goodwin would like to solve the case of Laurie Partridge’s disappearance; he’s been assigned to the case for the past six years, but also for a personal reason. Goodwin was a student at Ferris High School the day Laurie disappeared and still worries about his former classmate.

“Somebody knows someone out there that knows something and I really hope they come forward,†Goodwin said Thursday afternoon.

Recently the Partridge family got a hold of a California foundation that has helped locate more than two dozen missing persons including Laci Peterson in San Francisco bay. That foundation has offered up a $5,000 reward for information that will help solve this three-decade mystery surrounding Laurie Partridge’s disappearance.

If you have any information on the case, call the Tip Line at 242-TIPS.

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Dozens of missing children in WA; 2 in Spokane Co.

March 29, 2007

SPOKANE -- Lars and Remi Baugher were recovered safely in Colorado Thursday after an Amber Alert was issued for them in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana. Still, 43 kids are currently on the list of missing children in Washington state. Two of those cases are from Spokane County, and both are more than 15 years old.

Laurie Partridge's photo has been on the national website for Missing and Exploited Children for more than 30 years. In 1974, Partridge disappeared on her way home from Ferris High School on Spokane's South Hill.

In 2000, her sister, Taryn Chambers, flew from Florida to Spokane looking for answers. "I just want it resolved, I want to know what happened," says Chambers. "Somebody could be in jail. Somebody could be dead but somebody knows what happened to my sister."

In 1992, 12-year-old Rebecca West was last seen at a Spokane gas station with her friend Nikki Wood. Wood's body was later found under a pile of burning pine needles 15 miles outside of Spokane. Seven years later, Michael Tarbert pled guilty to kidnapping an murdering both girls. West's body was never found, but family members still want to know what happened to it. "We've lost a member of our family," says Michael West, Rebecca's father. "It's hard to get on with your life not knowing where she's at."

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has each Major Crimes detective currently handling four or five cold cases at a time. Those case are considered inactive, but not closed.

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Project Jason Profile:

Name:  Laurie Partridge

Date of Birth: 05/31/1957

Date Missing: 12/04/1974

Age at time of disappearance: 17

City Missing From: Spokane

State Missing From: Washington

Gender: Female

Race: Caucasian

Height: 5'0

Weight: 110 lbs

Hair Color: Blonde

Eye Color: Blue

Complexion: White

Identifying Characteristics: She has a brown mole on her right cheek

Clothing: She was wearing a long, navy blue coat with a hood, a tan v-neck sweater and burgundy/tan plaid pants. Her shoes were faded blue oxford denim with a crepe sole. She carried a brown leather purse with a blue flower design and a braided shoulder strap.

Circumstances of Disappearance: On Dec. 4, 1974, Laurie Partridge left Joel E. Ferris High School about 12:30 p.m., a Wednesday. She stated she had cramps and wanted to leave early. With no one available to give her a ride, she decided to walk the two-plus miles to her house in the 5400 block of S. Custer Street, where she lived with her parents and five younger siblings. She was reported missing after she failed to show up at home or for work that night at Lincoln Heights Theater. She was last seen walking south on Havana St. between 43rd and 49th Avenues.

Laurie had two general seating tickets (that her father had bought her) in her purse for the Beach Boys concert scheduled for Dec. 9, 1974. It was discovered that the tickets were used but authorities were unable to determine who used them. No trace of Laurie has ever been found, her family continues to search for answers.

Investigative Agency: Spokane County Sheriff

Agency Phone: (509) 456-2233

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Along with the Featured Missing Adult and Featured Missing Child section on our main site front page, we added a section called "Always Remembered". Just as with the other featured persons, those in "Always Remembered" will remain on the main page for one month. Laurie Partridge is the July 2011 Always Remembered featured missing person.

The section was created to renew awareness for the long-term missing, and we encourage our readers to take another look at the case, and place posters where appropriate. It also reflects the Project Jason motto: "All missing persons are loved by someone, and their families deserve to find the answers they seek in regards to the disappearance."

Please see to view the Always Remembered case.

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37-year-old Spokane cold case heats up

by Katie Utehs

Posted on December 2, 2011 at 6:24 PM

SPOKANE-- Laurie Partridge was just 17 years old when she left Ferris High School in 1974 to walk home and hasn't been seen since.


KREM 2's Katie Utehs spoke with Partridge's younger sister and the detective on her case about why the case is heating up now.

There is no physical evidence, no body, and no crime scene.

Friday detectives released new witness information about her disappearance.

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More Questions than Answers Nearly 42 Years after Washington Teen Vanishes

Cold Case Spotlight

by Rachael Trost

When you read about Laurie Partridge's case, you're left with more questions than answers.

Laurie was the oldest of six children, was on her high school's drill team, wrote for the school newspaper, and was hoping to marry her high school sweetheart soon.

But on December 4, 1974, Laurie disappeared.

"Laurie was such a beautiful, beautiful person," Laurie's younger sister Kimberly Partridge Carroll told NBC affiliate KHQ in 2010. "Whoever took her changed the whole course of our lives."

Laurie, 17 at the time, had left her classes at Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington around noon that day, telling friends and teachers she was suffering from menstrual cramps

She did not have a car, or anyone to give her a ride at that time, so she headed out on foot to walk the two or so miles home. Her family had just recently moved to the area from Fountain Valley, California.

Family members reportedly knew something was wrong when the blonde, blue-eyed teen failed to show for her shift at the Lincoln Heights Theater. After contacting her boyfriend and several friends, they called police to report her missing.

Laurie's father had bought her two general admission tickets to a Beach Boys concert for later that week at the Spokane Coliseum. Family members said there was no way she'd miss the concert, so police went to see if they could spot her there. But she did not show up. Her tickets, however, had been used. Authorities were never able to uncover if it was Laurie or someone else who used them.

Laurie's loved ones were insistent that she would never leave on her own. She had just become engaged to her 20-year-old boyfriend, and the two had planned to go pick out an engagement ring. She was settling into her new life in Washington and was looking forward to her future, according to newspaper reports from the time.

Investigators questioned several people over the years in connection with Laurie's disappearance, but no charges have ever been filed. Laurie's boyfriend was extensively investigated, but was never named a suspect in the case.

The notorious serial killer Ted Bundy was even interviewed, but was ruled out at as he was in Utah at the time of Laurie's disappearance.

In 2011, detectives announced they had a new witness who said he had seen Laurie several hours after she left to walk home talking to a white male in his 40s or 50s near a white truck with a van backend and a dark door.

Despite the new possible lead, Laurie's case remains unsolved. Laurie's siblings are now dotted throughout the country. Her parents divorced, but then remarried several years later.

Her mother passed away in 2004, without any answers as to what happened to her oldest daughter.

"It's torture not knowing," Laurie's sister Kimberly told NBC affiliate KHQ. "It's absolute torture."

If you have any information regarding Laurie's case, please call the Spokane Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

For more information, you can visit the Facebook page 'Laurie Partridge Missing from Spokane, WA' or the website



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