Pamela Lynn Conyers had just returned home from a Friday night bonfire pep rally at Glen Burnie High School on Oct. 16, 1970. Around 8:30 p.m. she was putting the finishing touches on her outfit for the next's night's dance, and needed some shoe polish. She asked her mom for $5 and the keys to the car, then headed to Harundale Mall near her Twin Ridge Drive home.
Forty-one years later Anne Arundel police still do not know who raped and killed the petite, curly haired 16-year-old that night.
A man walking through the woods found the family's 1968 Dodge three days later, on Monday afternoon, in the median strip on Route 100. The road, which went through an overgrown abandoned farm, was under construction.
Police immediately dispatched crews to search for Conyers' body. The next day officer Robert Switzer found Conyers on her side, dead, not far from the car.
She was clothed in pants and an inside-out pullover sweater. Her purse and underwear were missing and never found.
Police aggressively pursued the case, with four full-time detectives investigating more than 200 people. Students were interviewed, clothing and car samples were sent to a lab in the District and a helicopter swept overhead looking for clues.
The lab results turned up little evidence, and the car had been swept clean of fingerprints.
"No one saw a thing at the mall or anywhere else," Anne Arundel County police Lt. Robert Flannery told The Capitol in 1970.
A clerk confirmed to police that Conyers bought the dye, but police do not know what happened after that.
The case is similar to that of liquor store worker Joyce Helen Malecki, who was found murdered the previous November. Malecki was 20 years old and found bound and stabbed in the throat near the Little Patuxent River in Fort Meade. She was last seen shopping in Glen Burnie. Since she was found on federal property, Malecki was investigated by the FBI. Like Conyers, her case remains unsolved.
Anyone with information in the Conyers case is encouraged to call Sgt. Keith Clark of the Anne Arundel County Police homicide unit at 410-222-3456. Anonymous tips can be given toll free at 1-866-7LOCKUP (756-2587), online at www.tipsubmit.com or in a text with "MCS" and a message to 274637.