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 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