September 12, 2012

Candlelight vigil for missing Atwater High teen scheduled for Saturday

A candlelight vigil for missing teen Pamela Ann Pedro is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at Atwater High School, in the quad area directly in front of the office.

Members of Pedro's family say they're traveling from out-of-state to attend the event.

Thursday will mark 30 years since Pedro, a 17-year-old Winton resident, disappeared without a trace from outside Atwater High School on Sept. 13, 1982. The last time she was seen was at the pay phone, outside the school's office, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.

Pedro is one of two missing-child cases still open in Merced County. In 1998, Vanessa Smith, 14, disappeared in Winton while walking in the area of Mercedes Avenue at Jones Road.

At the time of her disappearance, Pedro had black hair and dark brown eyes, braces on her teeth, and she wore large-framed eyeglasses. Her nickname was Pam, she had a dimple on her left cheek and a small mole under her right eye. She was wearing a pink and blue checkered shirt, blue corduroy pants with blue Nike shoes when she disappeared.

Anyone with questions about the vigil can call the Merced County Sheriff's Department at (209) 385-7608. Anyone with information about Pedro's case should call the Major Crimes Unit at (209) 385-7472.

More information about this story will be included in Thursday's Sun-Star.

-- Sun-Star staff

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