South Dakota's attorney general Marty Jackley says a mechanical test points away from foul play in the 1971 disappearance of two girls whose car was found last month.
Jackley says the 1960 Studebaker was in high gear. If it were in neutral, that would indicate foul play;
Vermillion High School students Cheryl Miller and Pamela Jackson were last seen 42 years ago in the car on their way to a party at a nearby gravel pit.
Nobody in searching for the girls at that time or since had discovered the car in the Union County creek:
Jackley says a combination of events led to the car's discovery a few weeks ago in a Brule Creek embankment:
He also says a forensic pathologist in Sioux Falls confirmed that skeletal remains inside are consistent with being from two different people.
The bones have been sent to the University of North Texas for identification using DNA testing.