Tina Anderson & Patricia Campbell – Pocatello & Oneida County 1978

On July 22, 1978, 15-year-old Patricia Campbell was dropped off near the Bannock County Courthouse in Pocatello, Idaho, along with her sisters Melissa and Elizabeth, to watch the Pioneer Day parade on Center Street. After the parade, they attended the celebration at Alameda Park, and their father had planned to pick them up at an arranged time. She was later joined by Tina Anderson, age 12, who lived nearby.

Both Tina and Patricia saw various friends at the park that day. Patricia and Tina were pushing Patricia’s two younger sisters, Melissa and Elizabeth, on the swings at Alameda Park when they left to go buy the group corn dogs. That was the last time either girl saw Tina.  Tina left at one point for a babysitting job at the Norton home next to the park, but the parents were not ready and asked her to come back. She did not return to their home.

Soon after, young Melissa Campbell saw a tall man wearing a blue hoodie and a large ring with his arm around Patricia. He had his face mostly obscured by the hoodie. He appeared to be in his twenties. Patricia was 5’5″ tall at the time. Later it struck Melissa as odd he was wearing a hoodie in such warm weather.  That evening, neither girl was to be found and their parents began calling and visiting friends in an attempt to find them.  Neither family believed the girls ran away, as personal possessions and money were left at home.

Three years later in October of 1981, hunters found remains and clothing from both girls in a remote area northeast of Malad, Idaho. A bullet hole from a small caliber gun was found in the right side of Tina’s skull.  In March of 2007, Sheriff Jeff Semrad of Oneida County announced a positive match between the DNA of Patricia and the remains. Dental records had positively identified Tina’s remains in 1981.

Numerous newspaper articles, especially by the Idaho State Journal, have reported on this case.

At one time, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, the Oneida County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Idaho Attorney General’s office all referred questions to each other about the status of the case, and finally, the Idaho Attorney General’s office would not comment. (See news clips)

Police have asked anyone who may have attended the Pocatello parade and park celebrations on July 22, 1978, to let police review any photos or videos taken that day.

Some theorize the finding of Jane Doe in 1986 on the same hill may be connected to the Anderson/Campbell homicides.

Police say they have a definite set of suspects and would like to bring them to prosecution. Contact the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office to report any information about Patricia Campbell or Tina Anderson’s murder.

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