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Family of missing, presumed murdered, Spokane high schooler hold out hope for answers

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

It's been 44 years since 17-year-old Laurie Partridge vanished as she walked home from Ferris High School. Both police and her family believe she was murdered.

May 31 would have been Laurie's 61st birthday. The number of celebrations her many loved ones got with sweet Laurie, now dwarfed by the 44 they were robbed of.

"My Laurie, oh gosh," said Ken Partridge. "Laurie was a beautiful girl."

Ken, now 91-years-old, said the day Laurie was abducted, his world stopped turning.

"It destroyed out family," he said.

Her younger sister Kimberley Carroll said their mom was overcome with a wave of dread the afternoon Laurie was killed.

"It was the day Laurie was abducted," Kimberley said. "My mom passed out. She had never passed out before. When she came to, she told her co-workers, something bad happened to my daughter. This is before she even knew."

The family was fairly new to the Spokane area. Laurie was enjoying going to Ferris.

"She called my mom and said she had cramps and was walking home from school, at lunch," Kimberley said.

She never made it home. Ken said he knocked on dozens of doors along the path Laurie would have taken.

"That's when I knew, I just knew she had been abducted," Ken said.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the case. They are pleading with anyone with information to please come forward.

Kimberley hopes her sister's killer will see their pain, four decades in the making, and give them the answers they are so desperate for.

She says focusing on the good times instead of the hurt helps her cope.

"She was just the best sister, I just have such great memories of her," Kimberley said.  

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