Real Names: Sandra K. "Sandy" Breed and Bruce Clark
Case: Lost Friends/Heirs
Location: Chittenango, New York
Date: May 22, 1964
Occupation: Student (Sandy), Rancher (Bruce)
Date of Birth: March 13, 1948 (Sandy)
Height: 5'10" (Sandy), 5'11" (Bruce)
Weight: 170 pounds (Sandy), 165 pounds (Bruce)
Marital Status: Dating (Each other)
Characteristics: Caucasian female. Dark hair, brown eyes (Sandy)
Details: Shortly after 10am on May 22, 1964, fifteen-year-old Sandy Breed left Chittenango High School and ran off with her twenty-two-year-old boyfriend, Bruce Clark. They have not been seen since. Sandy has no idea that her parents, Vernon and Jean, have passed away and that Jean left all of her $150,000 estate to her.
Sandy grew up in Bridgeport, New York. She was especially close to Vernon, who lavished her with attention and gifts, which included two horses. However, she was treated quite differently by Jean, who was an alcoholic. Her sister, Jackie Daugherty, recalled that while she took care of Sandy, she never showed her any affection or love. As a teenager, Sandy became more and more withdrawn, both from her classmates and family. According to Jackie, Jean was verbally abusive toward her, often telling her that she was overweight and ugly.
Sandy's closest friend was Darlene Eden (now Darlene Jensen), the daughter of family friends who lived 700 miles away in Michigan. She often wrote to her about guys that she liked who didn't reciprocate her feelings. However, one day she wrote about Bruce. He worked on the farm where she boarded her horses. Though he was barely literate and eight years older than her, they shared a common love for riding. Before long, they were spending every spare moment together.
Vernon and Jean were against the relationship. They wanted Sandy to go to college and have a successful career. They tried to keep her and Bruce apart, but that only made them want to be together more. She refused to follow Vernon and Jean's demands and wanted to be with him. On September 24, 1963, he picked her up at school and they ran away to start a life together. However, their escape would be short-lived; three days later, their car broke down in Michigan.
With no money and no one to turn to, Sandy finally called Darlene. Her mother was sympathetic but felt that she had no choice but to contact Jean. She and her brother, a county deputy sheriff, arrived in Michigan to pick up Sandy. They informed her that Bruce would face criminal charges if they continued seeing each other. Jean's brother told him that they couldn't force him to return to New York; instead, he could stay in Michigan and not face charges. However, he did not want Sandy to deal with everything alone. He agreed to go back to New York with them.
Back in New York, Bruce was arrested and jailed. Ultimately, he received a suspended sentence for impairing the morals of a minor. Sandy became a virtual prisoner in her own home. She was forbidden to go anywhere except church or school. She was also ordered to not communicate with either Bruce or Darlene. She and Darlene arranged to pass letters through a friend. She told Darlene that she was depressed and upset that she and Bruce got in so much trouble for "loving each other".
In one of her last letters to Darlene, Sandy signed: "See you soon, maybe sooner than you think". Less than a year after Darlene received it, Sandy and Bruce ran away again. This time, they did not return. Vernon and Jean never saw her again. Vernon died in 1991; Jean passed just six months later in January 1992. According to relatives, she had never forgiven Sandy for leaving. That made it all the more surprising when it was discovered that Sandy was the primary beneficiary of her estate.
Since Jean's death, Darlene has intensified her efforts to find Sandy. She believes that in one of her final letters, Sandy left an important clue to her current identity. In it, she wrote about how sad she was and how things were going at home. At the bottom, she added: "P.S. Tell Bruce my French name is Jeanette". She believes that Sandy used this name for her new identity.
Along with Darlene, the attorney for Jean's estate hired a private investigator to look for Sandy. The investigator has noted that this case has been very difficult to solve as there have been few solid leads to her whereabouts. Darlene believes that she and Bruce initially went to Canada. She suspects that they later moved to the western United States and are still involved with horses. She believes they could be working on a ranch or racetrack. Sandy's uncle believes that she is deceased. Jean had told him that she had severe physical health problems that would kill her if she did not receive treatment for them. However, it is not known if she ever did so.
Darlene considered Sandy to be a sister. She hopes that she can find out what happened to her and Bruce.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the December 1, 1993 episode.
Some sources state that she vanished in April 1964 and was sixteen years old.
Results: Solved. In 1996, after the heir investigator assigned to this case was unable to locate her and exhausted all leads, the money from Jean's estate was donated to a foundation for the blind.
In August 2018, Sandy was removed from NamUs and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. According to NamUs, she has been found alive and well at the age of seventy. She was located earlier in 2018. For her privacy, no other information is being released.
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