Local News

Police Re-Search Field, Woods in 2-Year-Old Disappearance

Posted February 15, 2007 6:29 p.m. EST
Updated February 15, 2007 8:04 p.m. EST

— Pamela Waldher has been missing for more than two years, but police went out into fields and woods Thursday looking for clues to her disappearance.

Officers and search dogs comprised the search team. Police say they were not acting on any tip, only that they wanted to have a more focused search in the area where Waldher lived.

She was 16 when she left her home the evening of Jan. 23, 2005. She hasn't been seen since. Two days later, investigators found her backpack and clothes on Fort Bragg, 16 miles away.

Thursday, officers canvassed a field between Yadkin and Skibo roads, near the house where Waldher lived. They also combed through a wooded area behind the teen's home on Glen Canyon Drive.

They did not turn up any signs of the missing girl, whom they considered a runaway.

Waldher was described when she disappeared as a white female, 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 115 pounds. She had blue eyes and brown, shoulder-length hair. Police said at the time that she required medication and did not have it with her.

Waldher had moved to Fayetteville from Washington state in 2003 and was a student at Terry Sanford High School. She reportedly was heading back to the West Coast when she went missing.

Pamela's grandmother, Shaleen Waldher of Richland, Wash., recently visited Fayetteville from Washington and met with police. She issued this statement:

"Pam, Grandpa and I miss you. You're more than a daughter to us. Our hearts our empty. We'll do anything we can to get you home."

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Waldher’s whereabouts or an arrest for those responsible.