Steven Pearsall was a homebody who loved to make people happy, 特に子供たち. He was also a talented artist who specialized in drawing cartoon characters.
“He was a very good artist, and so he would draw pages of cartoons to try to cheer you up, or he’d make up a cartoon of you and draw things of you as a cartoon,” his younger sister Rhonda Albright tells PEOPLE. “He was always trying to make people happy.”
When 35-year-old Pearsall vanished without a trace from Lewiston, Idaho on Sept. 12, 1982, his family was stunned.
“I just remember being heartbroken and seeing my dad heartbroken,” Albright says. “He would search every day. He would get in the car and drive, and search in ravines and ask people if they’s seen anything or heard anything.”
On the night of Sept. 12, Pearsall, who worked at the Lewiston Civic Theatre as a janitor, had gone to a retirement party before he was dropped off at the theater so he could use the laundry machines and practice his beloved clarinet.
“周りだった 12:15 午前。, and the theater was dark,” Asotin County Sheriff’s Office detective Jackie Nichols says. “[Steven’s girlfriend] watched Steven unlock the door, enter the theater, and turn on a light.”
He was never seen again.
After police began investigating, they found Pearsall’s clarinet at the theater, but his laundry was missing.
Police searched his apartment and found that “nothing was in disarray, but also nothing was like he was planning to move out or go somewhere,” Nichols says.
Pearsall was one of five young people who went missing — three of them found murdered — between 1979 と 1982 in the Pacific Northwest’s Lewis Clark Valley, which straddles Washington and Idaho.
The disturbing case remains unsolved, and is the subject of tonight’s episode of ピープルマガジンが調査. タイトル “Valley of Death,” the episode airs at 9 午後. ET on Investigation Discovery and also streams on discovery+. (専用クリップを以下に示します。)
The first disappearance happened on April 28, 1979 when 12-year-old Christine White vanished in Asotin, 洗う. after going to the county fair and later to her friend’s house.
6月に 26, 1981, college student Kristin David, 22, was riding her bike from Moscow, Idaho to Lewiston, アイダホ, when she vanished. Eight days later, her dismembered remains were found in garbage bags by a fisherman along the shore of the nearby Snake River, near Clarkston, 洗う.
On the same day Pearsall disappeared, stepsisters Jacqueline “ブランデー” ミラー, 18, and Kristina Nelson, 21, vanished after leaving Nelson’s apartment to walk to a grocery store nearby the Lewiston Civic Theatre, where both young women had worked as janitors. ネルソン, an aspiring artist, left a note for her boyfriend letting him know they would be home soon.
They never made it.
行進に 19, 1984, the remains of both Miller and Nelson were discovered down a hillside off Highway 3, 約 40 miles outside of Lewiston. The coroner ruled their deaths homicides.
Albright hopes one day she will find out what happened to her brother.
“You want that closure, just to know where he is,” 彼女が言います.
Before her heartbroken father died, he gave her Steven’s clarinet.
“It’s the last thing I have of his,” 彼女が言います.
If you have information that could help the investigation into any of these cases, please contact 800-call-fbi, tips.fbi.gov or the Asotin County Sheriff’s office at 509-243-4717.
See more on the disturbing mystery of five disappearances along the Snake River on ピープルマガジンが調査 (“Valley of Death“), で今夜放送 9 午後. 調査ディスカバリーの ET およびディスカバリー + のストリーミング.