The remains of a 12-year-old girl who went missing in 1984 have been discovered at the site of a Colorado pipeline.
Jonelle Matthews went missing on December 20, 1984, after her parents returned home to see the front door open, and her shoes by a chair and her stockings thrown across the couch. An effort to locate her remains was reinvigorated last year, with Greeley police launching a new team of investigators to look into her case.
In March of 1985, President Ronald Reagan asked newspaper publishers to publicize cases of missing children, mentioning Matthews in his speech.
“Parents cry out for help, many through letters to me. For example, I learned about Jonelle Matthews of Greeley, Colorado, who would have celebrated a happy 13th birthday with her family just last month,” Reagan said. “Letters like these touch us deeply, and we’ve tried our best to help. Last June we opened the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which runs a toll-free hotline and gives other aid as well. But a President can only do so much. So, today I’d like to ask for your help.”