Flashback Friday: Patricia Chesher

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Patricia Joan Chesher, aka Patty, a twelve-year-old girl who disappeared while selling raffle tickets door-to-door in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 17, 1969.

There’s a lot to unpack here. The NCMEC classifies her as a runaway, but given her age and the passage of time, foul play seems more likely. There are a few persons of interest: a neighbor who bought one of the raffle tickets, her older sister’s boyfriend who had mental problems, a creepy uncle.

In any case, after 47 years I doubt this case can be solved.

8 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Patricia Chesher

  1. michael w. December 18, 2016 / 10:57 am

    Memorable and baffling case, with no shortage of suspects.

    I always try to stay optimistic. Lots of cold cases do get solved.

  2. Asha December 18, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    It was obviously the neighbor. Why is it, that though she was walking around the whole neighborhood easily grabbed by any creep, Patty didn’t go missing until AFTER she went back to the neighbor’s home for a 2nd time to make change for him? In fact, it was the perfect set up, in my humble opinion. In 1969, when things were dirt cheap, this neighbor gave Patty a whole dollar for one raffle ticket knowing full well that this was way too much and a schoolgirl likely did not have the ability to make change for him. She runs home to get her coin purse to try to make change like a good little girl….and is never seen again as a result of her interactions with him. This isn’t a mystery, but the neighbor is probably long dead by now.

  3. michael w. December 18, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    Things aren’t that cut and dried. With at least four solid suspects, you can’t conclusively say it was the neighbor.

    • Meaghan December 19, 2016 / 12:40 am

      I’m with you. I have no idea who did it (or if no one did and Patricia met with an accident or ran away). But it must really suck for innocent people who fall under suspicion in unsolved homicides or disappearances simply because they were the last person to see the victim (or the police think they were, but it was actually mistaken identity or something) and they have no alibi.

  4. forthelost December 19, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    I’m not certain it’s unsolvable. Look at Anita Drake (admittedly that hasn’t been definitively confirmed yet).

  5. whereaboutsstillunknown December 20, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    In one of the news articles, there was an older teenage girl who knew Patricia and said she had given her a ride to some other city and that Patricia had told her she had her mothers permission. So there’s that, in addition to all the suspects. Very strange case. There were also a couple uid’s that were within a few miles of her home but I don’t think they have been compared yet. I don’t recall the exact details but both were either female or unknown gender, and both appeared that they could have died in the 69s. So.i don’t think it’s unsolvable either.

  6. Patricia Anne Miller July 17, 2017 / 8:19 am

    Please tell me how to contact her family and how to rule out if this is me?

  7. IluvNRM62996! July 17, 2017 / 8:21 am

    Please tell me how to get my DNA into NameUS to compare this. Was her dress a green plaid dress?

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