The Red Pickup Truck
On 3 March, a woman rang the police claiming to have seen the boys in a pickup truck two days after the disappearance. She had been working in a store in Brownsville, 50 kilometres away from the abandoned Mercury Montego, when the truck had pulled up. Two men came into the store, buying various snacks. She later identified them as Ted Weiher and Jackie Huett. Another man, William Sterling, got out to make a phone call and took Jackie with him. Jackie’s family would later question the validity of this statement, because Jackie was terrified of phones and always got Ted Weiher to make a call for him. However, Joseph Shones distinctly remembered two sets of headlights, one from a truck, out on the mountain pass. If this was true, who owned the truck?
A P- 38 arm y can opener w as found in the Ranger s’ tr ailer and had seemingl y been used by the men. Onl y J ack Madrug a and Gar y Ma thias w ould ha ve known ho w to use it