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After 43 years, missing South Dakota teen laid to rest

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VERMILLION, S.D. (KTIV) -

Decades have gone by, but the pain hasn't completely disappeared for Sherri Miller's family.

"When you answer that phone, you never know who's on the other end. Something I'll never forget,” recalled Rita Allen, Sherri’s younger sister.

A call last September that their grandfather's Studebaker was found floating upside down under a bridge in the Brulee Creek would end the long search for the answers and for Sherri.

"We finally had one piece to our puzzle,” said Allen.

One of four songs played during Sherri's memorial service was "Bridge over Troubled Waters."

"It was a part of Sherri and Pam, that I felt had some very true words in there,” explained Allen.

After 43-years her family hadn't forgotten her and neither had her friends. About a dozen classmates attended the memorial service.

"Great closure. Kind of bitter sweet that it's finally over for the family, but it still bothers me it just took so long to find them. You know, 43-years is a long time,” said Vermillion High School classmate Dwayne Iverson.

"You think about it from time to time, off and on through the years, and I just can't imagine what it would have been like for the family to have to live like that,” added classmate Penny Hall.

Four years younger, next door neighbor Yvonne Nelson looked up to Sherri.

"We were together, a lot. She was the most kind person,” recalled Nelson.

The time that's past doesn't make goodbye any easier.

"Finally having the closure that we've waited for,” Nelson said tearing up.

"... was so overwhelming to know that they felt that close to her,” said Allen of the classmates who attended, called, and shared stories over the past seven months.

Allen says the last 43-years have revolved around Sherri and Pam's disappearance, with each family member taking their turn searching for that missing Studebaker.

"I knew I had to keep the feet going forward, because this was my mother's wish. Her wish was to keep going. Never giving up, and it was in honor of her to be able to bring Sherri back home,” added Allen.

For a family that never stopped looking, now the healing can begin.

Allen hopes the service served as not only closure in the case, but also a celebration of her sister's young life.

Watch more of our exclusive interview with Sherri Miller's sister where Allen shares her a bittersweet memory of her sister, by clicking on the video to the left.

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