Terry Pettit
North American Missing Persons Network
Terry Pettit

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Above Images: Pettit, circa 1973

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 12, 1973 from Ontario, Canada
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date Of Birth: December 30, 1949
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 5'4"
  • Weight: 120 lbs
  • Hair Color: blond
  • Eye Color: Green
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Extensive dental work.
    Had worn braces for a few years.

  • Details of Disappearance
    Terry and her husband, Ron Yakimchuk left Edmonton, Alberta on June 9, 1973 to head east to Montreal, in a battered Volkswagen Beetle. They were going to attend a wedding on June 16, 1973, then head to the Maritimes, where Ron hoped to land a teaching position and Terry, an Edmonton Journal reporter, intended to seek work as a journalist. En route, they stopped to visit friends near Brandon.

    The next day, they stopped in Dryden, Ontario, and mailed a one-word postcard to Edmonton. They did not come to the wedding and have never been seen or heard of since.

    They traveled in a 1959 Volkswagen Beetle, red with a green hood, green fender and Alberta licence CA3-262. The car was filled with a white, three-metre kayak and boxes of clothes, books and household goods.

    Their bank accounts have never been touched and their Volkswagen has never shown up anywhere. Ron's life insurance has never been collected. The couple has never been declared dead.

    There was talk the couple was planning to go to Europe, but police say only Terry had a passport. They may have decided against staying on the narrow, hilly Trans-Canada Highway and headed south, crossing the U.S. border at International Falls and on to Duluth, MN. It's unclear whether police ever checked on that possibility, or if there are records of their entry into the U.S. Terry is described as an early feminist, a rabble-rouser and a free spirit who drank scotch whisky, rolled her own cigarettes and dragged pals off on adventures.

    Friends say she often acted on impulse. Terry graduated from high school at 16, took a year of engineering, then switched to arts. But she quit school in 1969 and joined The Journal as a proofreader, eventually working her way onto the reporting staff.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Edmonton City Police
    Det. Bernneis
    (780) 421-3387

    Source Information
    Louise Mohrhardt - Sister
    The Doe Network