Patricia Bernadette Meehan

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Above Images: Meehan, circa 1989

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 20, 1989 from Circle, Montana
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: November 1, 1951
  • Age: 37 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 100 - 117 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, gray/green eyes. Meehan has a fair, freckled complexion and appears younger than her age. She speaks with a mild eastern accent and very quietly, almost a whisper. Her nickname is Patty.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A brown coat, jeans and high-top sneakers.
  • Medical Conditions: Meehan vanished right after a car accident, before which she had apparently been under severe psychological stress. She may have sustained injuries in the crash, and may suffer from memory loss.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Meehan was involved in a head-on motor vehicle collision on Highway 200 near the town of Circle in eastern Montana during the evening hours of April 20, 1989. She crawled out of the wreckage, looked at the driver of the other vehicle as if she didn't see her, then climbed over a fence near the road and disappeared into the countryside. She appeared to be disoriented at the time. She has never been heard from again. Meehan was carrying a leather purse at the time of her disappearance.

    Prior to her disappearance, Meehan had been distressed and had made an appointment to see a psychologist on the morning of April 21. She had asked to move back in with her parents in Pennsylvania and they agreed that she could come to them after she spoke to the psychologist. Meehan worked as a ranch hand in Montana and she liked horses; it is possible that she may still be employed in that field.

    It is believed that Meehan may have amnesia and may be hitching rides with truck drivers across the country. There have been hundreds of sightings of her all around the United States since 1989. Over a year after her disappearance a woman who was arrested in Washington state was thought to be Meehan, but she turned out to be someone else.

    Meehan resided in Bozeman, Montana in 1989. Her parents live in Pennsylvania. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    McCone County Sheriff's Office
    406-485-3405

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    Source Information
    The Missing Children Center
    The Doe Network
    The Dallas Morning News
    The Philadelphia Daily News
    The Seattle Times
    The Wichita Eagle
    Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse
    Unsolved Mysteries
    NamUs

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 4, 2010; two pictures added, clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.

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