“She fell off the face of the earth”
by Robert A. Waters
Washington’s new cold case playing cards feature Laurie Partridge on the Ace of Diamonds. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed seventeen-year-old disappeared as she walked home from school on December 4, 1974.
At first, police thought she had run away. Had they aggressively pursued the case as an abduction, investigators may have quickly solved it. Laurie’s father had given her tickets to a Beach Boys concert. After she disappeared, several officers went to the concert to look for the missing girl. They didn’t see her, but later discovered that her ticket had been used. Did her kidnapper use the ticket? Someone did, and that person would have known what happened to Laurie.
At the time, Laurie wore a long navy blue coat, a tan sweater, and tan plaid pants. She carried a brown leather purse that had a blue flower design and a braided leather strap.
Detectives who once thought Laurie was a runaway now agree that she was kidnapped. A few suspects were questioned, including Ted Bundy, but no one has ever been charged.
It’s been 35 years since Laurie vanished. One investigator told a reporter that “it’s like she fell off the face of the earth.”
The mystery of what happened to Laurie Partridge is still solvable. If you have any information about this case, call the Spokane Sheriff’s Office at 509-477-4760.