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NC Wanted: Father fiercely defensive after teen's disappearance, death

Posted June 20
Updated June 21

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— Pamela Waldher was a teenager at a crossroads when she left her grandparents' home in Washington state in the summer of 2004 intent on establishing a relationship with her father in Fayetteville.

"It was very good, in the beginning," her father, Beau Garcia, recalled.

But within months, Waldher reported arguments.

"She would call us at home and say, 'It's just not working out. I want to come home,'" her grandmother, Shaleen Waldher, said.

In January 2005, Pamela Waldher disappeared.

Her father filed a missing person report, but rumors began to swirl that he had something to do with it. Garcia's girlfriend even filed a complaint, saying he mistreated his daughter.

Within days, Waldher's book bag and coat were found on Fort Bragg, about 16 miles from her home. Two years later, authorities found her remains.

Police interviewed Garcia, but he was never charged with any crime.

To this day, he fiercely defends himself.

"Those people who consider such allegations viable, let alone reasonable, should themselves seek counseling because the speakers are utterances of such drivel," Garcia said.

Anyone with information about Waldher's death is asked to call the NC Wanted hotline at 1-866-439-2683.