Story of Minnesota girl’s killing by abusive father featured on TV show –

A case from the mid-1980s involving a teen who disappeared on her way home from school in the small northwestern Minnesota town of Underwood is featured in an episode of “The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade” on Investigation Discovery on Monday night.

Sarah Ann Rairdon (Forum News Service)
Sarah Ann Rairdon (Forum News Service)

Sarah Ann Rairdon was last seen walking home from school on a rural road outside Underwood in May 1985. Her disappearance led to months of searching and fears of abduction in Otter Tail County, until her body was found that summer in a farm field.

Rairdon’s father was arrested and convicted in her murder, confessing that he had been sexually abusing his daughter since she was 8 years old. At age 13, she told him to stop.

Sarah was one of the early missing children featured on milk carton

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