Pamela Jane Frisby Page disappeared 20 years ago from her home in the 6700 block of West Shangri La Road in Peoria, but her family has never given up looking for her.
Last week, Pamela's family, who live in Arkansas, were dealt a devastating blow, when they received word that Pamela's husband, Robert Page, had died of cancer over the Christmas holiday.
“We have always thought that Rob had something to do with her disappearance,” said Pamela's sister, Jimmie Rice. “We had no idea he had cancer until I received a phone call this week from my brother, Willie, who was married to Rob's sister, Bettina, that Rob had died. Now we may never know what happened to her.”
Pamela was last seen at 8:30 p.m. July 21, 1989 by an employee at her business, Fast Forward Video at the corner of Peoria and 67th avenues.
After Pamela's family had not heard from her, they contacted Rob, who informed them she had left him and read them a two-page letter he said she had written him.
“He later admitted he wrote the letter on a computer and signed it,” Rice said.
As time passed, a lot of things Rob told them just didn't add up.
“Rob told us the police would not take a missing persons report from him because Pam had left him, but when we drove to Arizona and arrived at the police station, they had never heard of him,” Rice said.
He told Pam's family that he and a friend had found her missing Corvette at a Winchell's Donut Shop; however, a witness later reported seeing Rob park the car there and leave in a taxi that he had called from a nearby parts store.
“Pam had two Dachshunds who were raised together and were her babies. She would never separate them, but one of the dogs was missing with her and the other was not,” Rice said.
Over the years, police have continued to look for leads and in 1998-99, brought in expensive ground penetrating radar equipment and excavated the back yard, but turned up nothing.
In 1991, Rice visited a psychic, who described Pam's two story home and said she had a vision of Pam being strangled in an upstairs bedroom, put in the trunk of a car and buried down a deep incline in Coolidge.
In the early 1990s, Pam's disappearance was featured on the television show “Unsolved Mysteries” and her picture is posted on the missing adult Web site, www.theyaremissed.org.
Last July, on the 20th year of Pam's disappearance, Rice, 61, her sister, Judy Stuttle, 60, and their parents, Willie, 83, and Mary, 85, drove to Peoria and walked through the neighborhood where Pam lived handing out fliers hoping to turn up clues.
“We believe it is possible that Rob may have told his sister, Bettina, something on his deathbed, but she is not talking to us, and we have no access to search the house in case he may have left a note or something behind,” Rice said.
According to the Peoria Police Department's Cold Case Web site, “Foul play is strongly suspected.”
Rice said Rob's next of kin are his sisters, Bettina, who lives in Arkansas and Patty Sue who lives in Dallas and that he has a girlfriend taking care of the final arrangements.
Rice said her elderly parents desperately want closure on the disappearance of Pam, the youngest of their eight children, before they pass on.
“Now my mom and dad, and our family may never know where Pamela is,” Rice said.
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