BETHANY — Rozlin Abell was 18 that summer day nearly three decades ago when she said she was going to look for a job.
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.
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Rozlin Abell was a petite girl, standing 4-foot-11 and weighing about 90 pounds.
She had worked at a Del Rancho restaurant on the south side of Oklahoma City and had attended U.S. Grant High School.
Fawn Abell also was a small girl, about 5-foot-1 inch and weighing about 100 pounds.
Both had brownish-blond hair.
Warfield said the chances are slim the sisters, if still alive, would contact their family today to explain where they have been.
“The family wants closure, like anyone would,” Warfield said.
Rozlin Abell was “a spitfire,” said Michelle Caudle, of Nicoma Park, who knew the girls.
Caudle, 45, lived with the Abell family for a while when they were growing up in south Oklahoma City. She has started a Facebook page for information about the girls.
She said the sisters were frequent hitchhikers. Caudle thinks they were hitchhiking and “ran into foul play.”
“Rozlin was tiny, but she had an attitude, a temper,” Caudle said. Rozlin and Caudle had dropped out of high school, she said.
“Fawn was more mellow,” she said.
Caudle said she hopes her Facebook page helps solve the case.
A few people have sent her messages on Facebook, saying they thought they spotted the women recently, but it wasn't the Abells.
A psychic sent a message saying Rozlin is dead, but Fawn is living in California.
“I loved them. I want to know what happened. Anybody missing is important, but these girls were important to me because they were part of my life,” Caudle said.