Vehicle Of Interest Sought In Chautauqua County Missing Person Case

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SILVER CREEK, NY (WNY News Now) — Investigators have identified a vehicle of interest in connection with a decades old missing person case in Chautauqua County. 

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Unsolved Cases Team released a similar photo of the dump truck sought in an attempt to generate leads from the public. 

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Specifically, detectives believe the owner of the truck, or it’s driver, are connected to Judith Threlkeld’s disappearance.  

On the evening of March 8th, 1976, Threlkeld was walking home from the Silver Creek library but never seen again. Until now, there have not been many new developments in the case. 


Three months after her disappearance, in May of 1976, investigators believe the dump truck was being operated by a white male adult in his mid-twenties, with sandy blonde hair and a beard. 

The dump truck was observed on Howard Street in the Village of Silver Creek during the afternoon hours. Authorities say the truck shown in the released photograph is not the exact same one that was driven that day, but is similar in appearance.  

Anyone with information about this vehicle, who had interaction with the driver, or may know of the possible owner or driver, asked to contact the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Unsolved Cases Team via email at or by phone at (716) 753-4578.  All information will be kept confidential.  


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