Sentinel reporter Joseph Cress offers a daily digital glimpse back in Cumberland County history with help from our Newspapers.com archives:

25 Years Ago

The Sentinel reported that Karen Denise Wells, 23, of Haskill, Oklahoma, disappeared on April 12, 1994, after she checked into the Pike Motel in Middlesex Township.

Wells had set out by car on April 10 to visit an old friend named Melissa Shepard in New Bergen, New Jersey. She got lost along the way and called Shepard before reaching the township. The two friends decided that Wells should check in at the motel so that Shepard could drive to meet her in Pennsylvania.

Wells called Shepard from the Pike Motel around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to say she planned to get some food from a local McDonald’s and then return to her room to sleep. Shepard arrived at the room between 12:30 and 1 a.m. Wednesday only to find her friend had not returned to the hotel.

At 5:20 a.m. Wednesday, a passing motorist reported a white 1993 Plymouth Acclaim that was stopped in the middle of the westbound lane of Route 274 about four miles west of New Germantown. It was the rental car Wells was using to travel from Oklahoma to New Jersey.

A search turned up no sign of Wells who was described as blond with blue eyes, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 115 pounds.

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Email Joseph Cress at jcress@cumberlink.com.


Education/History Reporter

History and education reporter for The Sentinel.