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Classmate who last saw girls alive 42-years-ago expresses relief after cold case is solved

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    South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley confirmed April 15, 2014 the two missing Vermillion, South Dakota teens Pam Jackson and Cheryl Miller were the remains that were found in a car in a Union County Creek bed.More >>
    South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley confirmed April 15, 2014 the two missing Vermillion, South Dakota teens Pam Jackson and Cheryl Miller were the remains that were found in a car in a Union County Creek bed.More >>
NEAR BERESFORD, S.D. -

Mark Logterman has thought often about Pam Jackson and Cheryl Miller through the years.  He was one of three classmates the girls were following out to a party when they disappeared.

He listened intently as the press conference was streamed online.  After all, he was the last person to see them alive.

The classmates were parked at a nearby church grabbing cups for a gravel pit party, when Jackson and Miller pulled up.

They decided to follow the boys.

Logterman, Pat Gale, and Steve Glass missed the turn and had to turn around.

That's when they realized the girls were no longer behind them.

They thought they'd just decided to not go to the party.

Investigators say the girls may have not known the bridge was there, because it had just been built the year before.  They've speculated that Miller and Jackson could have driven off the road before making it to the bridge, or blew a tire.  One of the tires was damaged and the tire treads were low, but investigators don't know if the tire was damaged in the years after the accident or caused the accident.

Still, Logterman said he's amazed by how investigators were able to piece the evidence together to determine that it was just an accident.

"Hearing it today, just sort of put the stamp on it. That it just really all makes sense now,” he explained.

The students drove back over the bridge at the end of the night, but no one saw the car.

Little did they know it was right underneath the bridge.

As details emerged that the girls were possibly murdered, Logterman wondered if there was more he could have done.

“The statement from the family said it all. If there was any closure, I sense that there is, and I hope it's in knowing what did happen and also what didn't happen,” he said.

While Gale and Glass were interviewed by investigators immediately after the disappearance.  Authorities didn't get in touch with Logterman until after our interview last year.

Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday that Longterman's account lined up exactly with the evidence at the crash site.

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