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

25 Years Ago

Friends and family of Karen Denise Wells visit the remote section of Rt. 274 in Perry County where the woman’s rental car was found abandoned.

The group had arrived from Oklahoma, New Jersey and New York to lend what assistance they could to authorities investigating the disappearance of the 23-year-old single mom.

They distributed flyers bearing her photograph and description. Friends and family also visited New Bloomfield where state police had moved the 1993 Plymouth Acclaim.

Wells disappeared on April 12, 1994, sometime after she checked into the Pike Motel in Middlesex Township. She had set out from Haskell, Okla., to visit an old friend named Melissa Shepard in New Bergen, NJ.

Police had found small amounts of marijuana and suspected cocaine in the rental car along with a pipe used to smoke marijuana. Investigators don’t know if the drugs belonged to Wells. Shepard said Wells had smoked marijuana before but did not use cocaine, according to reports in The Sentinel.

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Email Joseph Cress at jcress@cumberlink.com.


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History and education reporter for The Sentinel.