Oklahoma sisters' missing persons case remains open 27 years later
Rozlin and Fawn Abell were teenagers in Bethany, OK, in 1985 when they disappeared. Family and friends think they could have met with foul play.
BETHANY — Rozlin Abell was 18 that summer day nearly three decades ago when she said she was going to look for a job.
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Her brother came home the afternoon of July 25, 1985, and overheard his sisters — Rozlin and 15-year-old Fawn — talking as they were heading out the door.
The brother remembers one of the girls saying, “Hurry up. They're waiting for us down the street.”
The girls have not been seen since.
The missing persons case remains open.
There have been few clues, said Bethany police Lt. Austin Warfield, who continues to investigate their disappearances. Social Security Administration records show no activity on Rozlin Abell's Social Security number since July 1985, Warfield said.
Although there was no evidence of foul play in 1985, some family members think the girls — who were known to hitchhike frequently — were victims of a crime, Warfield said. The girls didn't say where they were going or what kind of jobs they were seeking that day 27 years ago, the family told police.
A family member, who does not want to be identified, called police in 2010 and asked whether any bones matching the girls had ever been found at the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge at Lake Overholser, Warfield said.
No bones matching the girls have been reported, he said.
“We don't know if the girls are still alive,” Warfield said. “We don't know if any human remains have been found that have not been identified yet.”
They family had not lived long in the house in the 7000 block of NW 59 Terrace when the girls disappeared. A missing persons report was filed in Bethany when they failed to return home. As time passed, Fawn was considered a runaway, and Rozlin, of legal age, was listed as missing when her parents reported they had not heard from her, Warfield said.