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MT PATRICIA MEEHAN: Missing from Circle, MT - 20 April 1989 - Age 37

Discussion in 'Missing 1980 to 1989' started by Scorpio, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member



    Circumstances of Disappearance:
    Meehan vanished after walking away from a car crash on Highway 200 near Circle, Montana, on April 20, 1989. She crawled out of the wreckage of her car, looked dazedly at the other driver involved in the accident, climbed over a fence beside the road and disappeared into the countryside. She may have amnesia. It is thought she was hitching rides with truckers after her disappearance.

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  2. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member


    Patricia Bernadette Meehan (born November 1, 1951 – disappeared April 20, 1989) is an American woman who disappeared in the aftermath of a car accident on Montana Highway 200 near Circle, Montana. Investigators initially suspected Meehan had fled the scene out of fear, or was suffering from amnesia as a result of head trauma. Over 5,000 alleged sightings of Meehan were reported in the months and years after her disappearance, several of which were confirmed by police, but none of which led to her discovery.

    The case received substantial media attention for its unusual circumstances as well as the Meehan family's cross-country search for their daughter. Her disappearance was featured on the series Unsolved Mysteries in the fall of 1989. As of 2016, Meehan's disappearance remains unsolved
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  3. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    Alleged sightings
    There have been over 5,000 reported sightings of a woman resembling Meehan throughout the Pacific Northwest since her disappearance.

    On May 4, 1989, a police officer in Luverne, Minnesota claimed to have seen Meehan sitting inside a Hardee's restaurant; she had been drinking water alone in a booth for over five hours until the restaurant's closing time, then walked to a nearby 24-hour diner. When the officer questioned her, she refused to give her name, and claimed to be from Colorado and then Israel.The following day, on May 5, two other sightings of Meehan were reported: one in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where a waitress claimed Meehan had sat inside a truck stop diner drinking coffee from 12 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; the same day, a waitress at another diner in Murdo, South Dakota reported seeing Meehan between 10 and 11 p.m. in the company of a man who appeared to be in his thirties.

    On May 19, 1989
    , shortly after her disappearance, a waitress at a restaurant near Meehan's home in Bozeman, Montana reported seeing her there. According to the waitress, Meehan ordered and ate breakfast in a hurried manner, and mentioned that she had to go shopping at 9 a.m. Another waitress working the same morning also saw Meehan at the restaurant, and reported that she appeared to be disoriented and talking to herself. The same week, another reported sighting occurred at a horse auction in Billings, Montana. Over two weeks later, on May 30, a woman resembling Meehan was seen by a passing truck driver on Interstate 90 in rural Washington. The driver offered her a ride, which she declined, and the woman told another passing female motorist that her car had broken down and she was going to find a phone.[8] Another alleged sighting of Meehan was reported the following week in Tacoma, Washington by a Port of Tacoma employee who claimed to have seen her at a truck stop on Interstate 5 asking strangers for directions to Aberdeen.

    By June 1989
    , over twenty-five sightings of Meehan had been reported, three of which were confirmed by police.Other reported sightings of Meehan were received by law enforcement throughout the Pacific Northwest, many at truck stops between Montana and Seattle, Washington. Based on the reported sightings, Meehan's parents and brother traveled over 8,000 miles from Pennsylvania across the Northwestern United States in hope of finding Meehan. On June 27, 1989, another alleged sighting occurred in Great Falls, Montana, one week after she had been reportedly seen in Washington, which was later confirmed to be a lookalike female truck driver.

    On August 30, 1990, a transient woman was arrested by police in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for littering. The woman bore a resemblance to Meehan, and the arresting officer initially believed it to be her. On September 1, the woman appeared in a Kootenai County court, where she claimed before the judge to be a missionary traveling between Montana and Washington.Though the reported sighting made news in The Seattle Times, it was confirmed through fingerprint analysis that the woman was in fact not Meehan.Speaking to the media, law enforcement as well as Meehan's former boyfriend, Kurt Fletcher of Spokane, Washington, noted there was a "strong resemblance" and that the woman had a similar voice to Meehan's
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  4. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    Patricia's story is told at the 9:40 minute mark.
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  5. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member


    Distinguishing Characteristics
    : Caucasian female. Blonde hair, gray/green eyes. Meehan has a fair, freckled complexion and appears younger than her age. She speaks with a mild eastern accent and very quietly, almost a whisper. Her nickname is Patty.

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  6. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Another person missing after an accident. These cases baffle me! There's Rico Harris, Maura Murray, and Bryce Laspisa. Seems like there was another one who was found not far from the vehicle, but the names escapes me at the moment...

    My best guess is that the accident causes them to go into shock and they wander from the scene and succumb to their injuries elsewhere.
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  8. Sunburst

    Sunburst Bronze Member

    Are you thinking of missing Louisiana man Shane Fell? http://www.nola.com/traffic/index.ssf/2011/06/marrero_man_still_missing_afte.html


    He went missing after a car accident in 2011. I used to work in Harvey when I lived in Louisiana. Harvey and Marrero are next to each other. There's a lot of land between Marrero and Lafitte, which is about a 40 minute drive from Marrero. Shane has not been seen since June 10, 2011.
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  9. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    The Mysterious Disappearance Of Patricia Meehan Is Still Haunting People To This Day
    Most people are able to walk away from a car accident unscathed. One woman literally walked away from hers and hasn’t been found since.

    In April 1989, a single car accident sparked a decades-long search for a missing Montana woman. She still hasn’t been found, but she’s somehow been reported as seen thousands of times.
    Getting into a car accident is undoubtedly one of everyone’s worst fears, and it’s a fear that becomes amplified at night. The darkness adds an unsettling element to something that’s already pretty traumatizing, and it’s easy to imagine how bad could go to worse if help wasn’t able to find you easily.

    Imagine, though, if help was able to find your location, but not you—because you had walked away from the accident yourself. Even stranger, imagine if you were never found afterward, but people reported seeing you over 5,000 times since that night. As crazy as it sounds, it’s the true story of a woman named Patricia Meehan.

    The Accident
    On the night of April 20, 1989, a woman named Peggy Bueller was driving down Montana Highway 200 in Circle, Montana, with her father.

    During their trip, at approximately 8:15 p.m., they noticed a car driving on the wrong side of the road, and it was headed straight toward them. They managed to swerve out of the way in time, but the car behind them wasn’t so lucky—the car crashed into that of Carol Heinz, a police dispatcher who happened to be off-duty at the time.

    Alive and completely unharmed, Heinz emerged from her car and, as she surveyed the scene before her, saw a blonde woman get out of the car that hit her. That woman walked right up to her and, while she didn’t say a word, Heinz said the woman gave her a look that felt as if she was staring right through her. She walked away and made her way over a nearby fence, Bueller saying she later saw the woman look at the scene as if she hadn’t been involved in any of it at all.
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